Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Library leaders needed!


Leaders for the library profession are needed now as budgets, services, and the very concept of school libraries are under the gun. 

The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute provides advanced training in strategic planning, management, communication, and advocacy that can help librarians transform their positions to become leaders at their campuses.

If you have worked in libraries for five years or more, if you have started new service initiatives for your library or in your community, and if you are looking for ways to help school libraries thrive, please check out the TALL Texans Institute at www.txla.org/Texas-accelerated-library-leaders.

The seminar will be taught be ALA President Elect Maureen Sullivan, a nationally-known consultant for organizational development, and Jack Siggins of George Washington University. Additional coaching will be provided by six mentors drawn from the top veteran leaders of the Texas library community, including Nora Galvan of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD and Deborah Hall of Houston ISD.

Up to twenty-four participants will be selected by March 1 to attend the 2012 Institute on June 10-13 at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, Texas. Many sources of financial aid are available to cover the registration fee of $595, which includes all instruction, classroom materials, quarters, and meals for the duration of the program.
                                                                                                                                                                                          
An online application form is available at www.txla.org/TALL-texans-apply.

Completed forms are due by January 27; applicants are encouraged to begin the form as soon as possible to have adequate time to complete all sections.

More details are available on the Institute home page at www.txla.org/talltexans.

We've had several Mesquite librarians selected to participate in this Institute. I was a graduate of the class of 1995 and it was one of the most beneficial experiences of my career as a librarian. 

Will you be next?

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