36 participants selected for second ALA Leadership Institute

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/17/2014


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

ALA Governance

American Library Association


CHICAGO Thirty-six mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s second four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. The 36 participants for the August institute are: Christy Aguirre, Nora Armstrong, Rebecca Blakiston, Jennifer Caldwell, Robin Canuel, Kerry Creelman, Tabatha Farney, Cece Fuoco, David Gibbs, Timothy Hackman, Eric Hartnett, Meredith Healey, Amy Hoseth, Bonnie Imler, Kimberly Johnson, Christina Kulp, Missy Laytham, Susan Marcin, Joanna Marek, Jean McFarren, Valeria Molteni, Kristin Piepho, Nathan Putnam, Colleen Schalm, Leo Segura, Jahala Simeul, Paula Singleton, Ann Marie Smeraldi, Edward Smith, Andy Spackman, Loreli Stochaj, Meghan Sullivan, Carolyn Vibbert, Kathryn Wicks, Jennifer Young and Kimberly Zablud. More about their current roles and locations will be posted to the ALA Leadership Institute page.

The selection committee, headed up by LLAMA, looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special), organizational responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement and community or campus involvement.

Led again by ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, this ALA Leadership Institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. With content based on real world cases and nuanced situations, participants will explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity. 

Participants are expected to return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders. Participants in the 2013 institute rated the experience and its applicability to their work situations highly.

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide.

Further information is available on the ALA Leadership Institute page.