2015 Leadership Academy Roster

Leadership Fellows

Angelina BenedettiAngelina Benedetti
angelina@kcls.org
Library Cluster Manager
King County (Wash.) Library System

To work with the City of Burien (Wash.) and partnering community agencies to improve the public perception of the Library in the Burien Community, with the result that patrons are eager and excited to visit the library and explore its services.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Regional Identity
  • Strong Change Management Plan
  • Effective Communications


Audrey BetcherAudrey Betcher
audrey@rochester.lib.mn.us
Director
Rochester (Minn.) Public Library

My project centers around community engagement in order to improve the retention of people who are recruited to work in Rochester. My target population is trailing spouses. Plans are still developing.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Clarity of Objectives
  • Senior Level Support
  • Strong Change Management Plan


Mary Anne BowmanMary Anne Bowman
mabowman@stmalib.org
Deputy Director
St. Mary's County (Md.) Library

I would like to develop a program that will allow children with fines on their library cards, through no fault of their own, to check out library materials.



Anastasia Diamond-OrtizAnastasia Diamond-Ortiz
anastasia.diamond-ortiz@cpl.org
Director of Strategy and Innovation
Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library

To begin mapping the informal communities of learning that exist in our community and incorporate them into Cleveland Public Library's overall learning strategy, aligning with our mission to be the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. Rethinking the Library’s learning strategy with an appreciation of informal learning pathways and how people approach their own out of school learning will offer the community new opportunities to be more fully able to learn and share knowledge in ways that help themselves and each other.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Regional Identity


Rachel FewellRachel Fewell
rfewell@denverlibrary.org
Collection Services Manager
Denver (Colo.) Public Library

Denver Public Library is the first Early Adopter public library working with the Libhub Initiative. I will be leveraging this open-data initiative to connect with partner organizations throughout Denver to create dynamic, meaningful content for special populations.



Katie HillKatie Hill
khill@orangecountyva.gov
Library Director
Orange County (Va.) Public Library

Turn our “list of books I read” adult reading program into an experiential program that connects library users with the larger community. Readers would choose a track and be given a list of possible activities including reading, visits to community partners such as historic sites, farm markets and wineries; and attending library programs. Given that we have not conducted adult programming previously this is a big step forward in community engagement for us.



Libby HoltmannLibby Holtmann
libbyh@plano.gov
Manager
Plano (Tex.) Public Library System

Community engagement, enrichment and education are core values to Plano Public Library System (PPLS). However, city and community leaders, as well as citizens, often think of our libraries as primarily a place for books when in fact we offer so much more to our community. Our challenge is to create an outreach program and strategy that will engage the community (including businesses, educational partners and citizens) to provide a clear message about PPLS and what we offer in terms of presentations, programs and resources. We want to effectively and efficiently promote our services, provide programs, and engage in meaningful conversations with citizens so that going forward we are thought of—and referred to—as the place for community building and personal enrichment.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Trust
  • Clarity of Objectives
  • Strong Interpersonal Relationships
  • Strong Change Management Plan


Martha HutzelMartha Hutzel
mhutzel@crrl.org
Branch Manager
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Fredericksburg, Va.

My project is to expand on an existing partnership with Rappahannock Goodwill Industries to establish a satellite library in an underserved area of our service jurisdiction. The ultimate goal is to determine the need in that same community for a permanent library branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.



Anita N. JenningsAnita N. Jennings
ajennings@nnva.gov
Supervising Librarian B
Newport News (Va.) Public Library System

In an effort to ensure that the Newport News Public Library System is viewed as an agent of change in our community I will develop specific outcomes and specific measures for our Strategic Plan. All library management team members have completed Harwood Institute Training and we are in the process of putting into practice the information that was shared with us during this training and reflecting these changes in our Strategic Plan.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Project Management Skills


Joy KimJoy Kim
jkim@piercecountylibrary.org
Branch Manager
Pierce County Library System
Gig Harbor, Wash.

Gig Harbor (Wash.) is home to a vibrant business community, but the Pierce County Library System (PCLS) has had mixed success in engaging that local audience. I will work with my two adult services librarians to conduct a community asset mapping project to learn more about Gig Harbor’s business assets. Goals include identifying business assets, connecting with potential partners, identifying a new service idea to implement, and developing tools and methodology that might be replicated for similar community engagement projects at other PCLS locations.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Project Management Skills
  • Effective Communications


Richard KongRichard Kong
rkong@skokielibrary.info
Deputy Director
Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

The library will partner with key individuals and organizations in our community to help residents tell their stories. Phase 1 will consist of using the gift discovery tool to record interviews with participants. Interviews will identify what people have to offer the community with their head, hands, and heart. Phase 2 will consist of creating a database of recorded interviews will be created along with metadata corresponding to the topics mentioned in the interviews. We will also create an online portal and a strategy to share the tool with as many people as possible in Skokie.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Change Management Plan


S. Rebecca LubinS. Rebecca Lubin
lubinr@albanypubliclibrary.org
Head of Branches
Albany (N.Y.) Public Library

I am working with other people in the library and community to identify resources available to the immigrant and refugee communities in Albany, N.Y.  We are also exploring what types of services other public libraries have provided to these communities in order to identify how Albany Public Library can take a more pro-active role in providing services to these communities and form partnerships with existing organizations.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Trust
  • Clarity of Objectives
  • Regional Identity
  • Strong Interpersonal Relationships
  • History of Successful Collaboration


Ivonne MartinezIvonne Martinez
ivonne.martinez@mail.nln.lib.wv.us
Director
Mountaintop Public Library
Davis, W. Va.

I wish to implement a summer reading program that will maintain children’s attention so they keep coming back year after year. For the next year I will be working with teachers and students regarding the summer program. It is my goal to change the priority allotted to reading in this community—I want reading to be a very important factor in the lives of children in our community.



Emily NanneyEmily Nanney
enanney@cmlibrary.org
Children's Services Coordinator
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Charlotte, N.C.

In Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, I will implement weekly programming year-round in Children’s Services which includes literacy rich storytimes as well as educational school-age programs for birth to age 11. I will introduce this model and pilot in at least one library location after getting feedback from the community. As the model expands system-wide, staff can build weekly programs year-round into their schedules. I will share examples of this schedule and provide support for outside presenters, help with messaging to describe this change to customers, and share speaking points with Supervisors.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Clarity of Objectives


Julie RobinsonJulie Robinson
julierobinson@kclibrary.org
Refugee and Immigrant Services Outreach Manager
Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library

My project is pilot program at Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. I am creating the International Welcome Center (IWC) in a seldom used corner of the 3rd floor that has direct access to two conference rooms and a computer lab. We will offer English Language Learning classes, citizenship classes, one-on-one tutoring. The international fiction and non-fiction will be housed in this area also. The success of this project will open the way for a free standing IWC in the heart of the immigrant and refugee communities.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Trust
  • Strong Project Management Skills


Elsworth RockefellerElsworth Rockefeller
erockefeller@oppl.org
Manager, Adult and Teen Services
Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library

The Oak Park Public Library will plan and host training sessions on political savvy (which will be marketed as “partnership building”), serving economically diverse customers, and cultural competency. These sessions will be open to library staff and employees of the village and township; marketing will be focused on front line staff and middle managers, but everyone will be welcome. In addition to building skills around the selected topics, the sessions will be a first step in coordinating training efforts and developing shared service practices across Oak Park agencies.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Change Management Plan


Trina RushingTrina Rushing
trushing@henderson.lib.nc.us
Library Director
Henderson County (N.C.) Public Library

My project focuses on providing services to community members experiencing homelessness. Library administration is developing policies for a low barrier library card to be provided to those without permanent addresses. We are also meeting with the local Homeless Coalition as a collective body as well as individual directors of local agencies serving these individuals to identify ways that the library can engage and assist them.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Clarity of Objectives
  • Regional Identity


Jennifer Jennifer Sackett
jsackett@lincolncounty.org
Library Director
Lincoln County Public Library
Lincolnton, N.C.

One of the library’s goals is to facilitate connections in the community and increase awareness of community services. As part of that effort the library will work with local organizations and agencies to compile a database of community resources, service and events. Information regarding local organizations will be integrated into the library catalog so patrons can discover them alongside library resources. Organizations will be trained so they can manage their own records and make them as detailed as they choose.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Senior Level Support


Angela SemiferoAngela Semifero
somedayangeline@gmail.com
Library Director
Marshall (Mich.) District Library

The proposed project is the development of a County-Wide Learning Coalition. This Coalition would create a resource map of materials, services, programs and spaces across the area that promote family interaction, kindergarten readiness, literacy support and basic learning support for all ages. The County-Wide Learning Coalition would work to create and maintain a centralized information database and work across municipal lines to develop programs to serve our communities.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Interpersonal Relationships
  • History of Successful Collaboration


Kelley SiegristKelley Siegrist
kelley.siegrist@farmlib.org
Branch Manager
Farmington Community Library
Farmington Hills, Mich.

To partner with community organizations to develop library programs and services for those who are at or below poverty level and/or homeless. Generally, this has been an underserved segment of our community which is considered an affluent community; however, poverty and homelessness are on the rise.Our library can be an important community resource for providing information, programs, and services to those who might need a little extra help getting back on their feet.



Chris WarrenChris Warren
cwarren@auburnalabama.org
Library Director
Auburn (Ala.) Public Library

The Auburn Public Library, in cooperation with local schools and other community partners, will implement a program of mentor-volunteers working closely with at-risk children who are struggling academically. The project intends to help these at-risk children develop their literacy skills, acquire a love of reading, and build constructive relationships with positive role models, all of which will help these children succeed in school and in life.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Balanced Approach
  • Clarity of Objectives
  • Regional Identity
  • Strong Interpersonal Relationships
  • Effective Communications


Janine WestJanine West
jwest@cotesaintluc.org
Library Directory
Côte Saint-Luc (Québec) Library

2016 is the Côte Saint-Luc Library's 50th anniversary. The actual date of the "party" will be Aug. 28th, however there will be events throughout the year. This is a tremendous opportunity to work on a community and therefore collaborative celebration. The plan is to set up anniversary committee with includes all stake holders: two city councilors, city manager, library director, three members of the public, and three staff. We plan to write and publish Strategic Plan whereby community building and civic engagement becomes a strategic priority and use the 50th anniversary celebration as a vehicle. Ideas include: develop 4–6 Community projects, create a virtual Museum of photographs, create an anniversary blog including Why I love the library, History of the Library, 50 years of good reads. We also plan to create spaces in the library based on Placemaking principles with public consultation and have them ready for 2016. Spaces would include a social space, a new technology space, two new study rooms, and an activities/creative space. Finally we would like to design a new logo, new library bag. Finally we would like to create a Friends of the Library group.



Coaches

Carolyn AnthonyCarolyn Anthony
canthony@skokielibrary.info
Director
Skokie (Ill.) Public Library


Liz R. MillerLiz R. Miller
LIZRMILLER@cox.net
Consultant/Retired Deputy City Manager/Retired Library Director
Tucson, Ariz.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Strong Interpersonal Relationships

David SingletonDavid Singleton
dsingleton@cmlibrary.org
Director of Libraries
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Charlotte N.C.

Resource for these success factors:

  • Trust
  • Strong Project Management Skills
  • Effective Communications

Felton ThomasFelton Thomas
felton.thomas@cpl.org
CEO/Executive Director
Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library