Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.
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The 9th MPLA (Mountain Plains Library Association) Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.
The Institute will be held April 27 – May 2, 2014 in Estes Park. Colorado.
Criteria for applicants:
- Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
- Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
- Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
- Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
- Expected continued contribution to the profession
- A thoughtfully completed application
- Two letters of recommendation
Interested? Visit the MPLA website for more details and application instructions, or read past attendee testimonials. Applications are due November 1, 2013!
Library staff across Colorado embraced the challenge and applied for ILEAD USA! We are proud to announce Colorado’s ILEAD USA participants!
Seven days! This is a nudge, a reminder about the approaching application deadline for participation in ILEAD USA…
If you’re one working on an application to be a program attendee (iLeader), it’s not too late to gather up others for your team (or align with a team seeking an additional member). You CAN DO IT!
Team applications are important. Why are we requesting that interested individuals form teams before the application process? You’ll find that answer here, in our FAQ entry.
Need help finding team members?
ILEAD USA is about taking risk, pushing yourself. Show us you’re made of the right stuff!
All applications for iLeaders (team members), mentors, and instructors are due Friday December 14, 2012! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
We always welcome your questions.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”– William Arthur Ward
- Do you have skills in technology, managing change, project management and/or leadership?
- Would you find it rewarding to share your expertise with others?
- Are you able to convey knowledge to others in an exciting interesting way that helps them retain and build on the content?
Help inspire the next generation of library leaders in Colorado! Apply to be an instructor for ILEAD USA! We are looking for inspirational instructors to teach leadership and/or technology classes.
We are still working on the curriculum for this program, but you can view a list of possible classes on our website. We are open to recommendations for classes as well, so share your thoughts with us in your application!
In addition to sharing your knowledge and expertise with library staff across 5 states, instructors will have the opportunity to network with library leaders, and attend many of the other leadership and technology sessions.
Applications are due December 14, 2012. Feel free to contact Christine Kreger with any questions at 303-866-6046 or email@example.com!
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John C. Crosby
If you are looking for a new career challenge that will allow you to showcase your leadership skills and mentor others to successfully learn and grow professionally, we are looking for individuals to apply as mentors for the ILEAD USA program.
ILEAD USA mentors play a critical role in the program by working directly with a team of iLeaders as they learn new skills and develop a project designed to address specific needs in their community. In this role, mentors will:
- Foster team building
- Share expertise
- Act as a sounding board
- Provide guidance and support
- Facilitate communication among all team members
Mentors will attend all in-person sessions alongside their team (March 26-28, June 18-20, and October 22-24, 2013), as well as the online intersessions and team meetings in order to provide guidance and feedback.
In return, selected mentors will have the opportunity to work with Colorado innovators as they address community needs, network with library leaders across 5 states and hone their own leadership skills.
Apply now to help shape the next generation of library leaders!
- Network with other emerging leaders
- Give that career a boost
- Low-risk and high-return on experience — by experimenting hands-on with tech tools
- Absorb leadership skills and lessons
- Learn how to better engage with your community
Sound promising? Continue reading ‘Become an iLeader!’
Want to know the latest secret to staff ROI (return on investment)?
Encourage your staff members to apply for this intensive and immersive experience. Here’s how your investment in their development will reap benefits for your library:
- Learning new technologies brings that expertise back to YOUR organization
- Connecting with staff in other libraries extends and enhances professional networks and inter-library collaboration
- Exposure to leadership, project management and other soft skills pays off with better planning, development and implementation in YOUR library
- Engagement with experts (mentors, instructors, keynote speakers) promotes innovation
Continue reading ‘Encourage Your Staff to Apply for ILEAD USA!’
Stop by the State Library booth (Oct 18 & 19) at the Colorado Association of Libraries annual conference to visit with us about ILEAD USA, an exciting technology & leadership training program!
Current OPAC version features Tattered Cover etc.
In the 1990s, when web developers realized how easy and cool it was to include links to Amazon in the public catalog, ILS vendors promoted this feature. A few libraries adopted it, and even made money from Amazon for click-thru sales. But most libraries objected to “commercials” on the web pages of a public institution.
Fast forward to 2012: Douglas County and Marmot have reimplemented this still-controversial feature. The objections are familiar, but a landscape that includes ebooks is rapidly changing. This feature deserves a new lease on life.
#1 Libraries connect readers to writers. Does it really matter whether we help people find books on library shelves or on bookstore shelves, so long as we’ve performed a valuable advisory service along the way?
Continue reading ‘Why put “buy a copy” links in the OPAC?’