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Making it Personal: Leadership Development Programs for LITA

Making it Personal: Leadership Development Programs for LITA

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 Making it Personal: Leadership Development Programs for LITA
Amanda Hornby
 Undergraduate Instruction Coordinator and Geography Reference & Instruction Librarian at theUniversity of Washington; Seattle, Washingtonhornbya@u.washington.edu 
Angelica Guerrero Fortin
 Branch Manager of the Spring Valley Branch of the San Diego County Library; San Diego, California
Dan Overfield
 Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Cuyahoga Community College; Cleveland, Ohiodaniel.overfield@tri-c.edu 
Lisa Carlucci Thomas
 Digital Collections Librarian at Yale University; New Haven, Connecticutlisa.thomas@yale.edu 
 Making it Personal: Leadership Development Programs for LITA
Presented June 10, 2009 at the American Library Association Annual Conference; Chicago, Illinois
Professional associations have always provided librarians with career developmentopp
ortunities like networking and committee involvement. In today’s rapidly evolving world,
increasingly competitive librarians will demand more from their associations. They will ask for atangible way to become, or to remain, leaders in their field. Technological fluency is one of themost valuable skills in librarianship today, and therefore LITA is well positioned to become aleader among professional organizations. Our proposals will provide LITA with two options toaccomplish this task via two similar but unique programs that will combine the existing
experience inside LITA with the energy and drive of our profession’s newest librarians.
Group T of the 2009 Emerging Leaders Program was assigned
to “w
ork in close consultationwith the LITA Membership Development committee to create new leadership programs.
Project goals were as follows:Develop ideas for LITA Leadership Programs to promote the training and advancementof LITA members, increase awareness of the organization, and new members.Research leadership programs of similar divisions and organizations.Submit proposals to LITA liaisons for consideration and possible implementation.Report the results of the process, research, and outcomes at ALA Annual Conference,July 2009.To that end, we respectfully submit this final report to LITA, wherein we suggest twoproposals for consideration and possible implementation: the
 LITA Leadership Institute
and the
 LITA Mentorship Program
Our proposal is for LITA to create an online continuing education program to develop theleadership and project management skills necessary to maintain and promote the value and
ability of LITA’s professional membership to the greater librarian population. The program willfamiliarize participants with LITA’s mission, structure and role in ALA using current
technologies. Leadership Institute participants will be taught project management and teambuilding skills while receiving training relevant to the application and development of technology in a library setting.The program will be six months in duration and will utilize, and thus evaluate, emergingtechnologies to foster communication between program administrators and participants.
 Making it Personal: Leadership Development Programs for LITA
Presented June 10, 2009 at the American Library Association Annual Conference; Chicago, Illinois
The LITA Leadership Institute will encourage librarians to join LITA and will provide anopportunity for professional development to both new and existing LITA members via a conciseand formally developed curriculum. Participants who successfully complete the program willreceive a certificate of achievement and, more importantly, will have a better understanding of the skills necessary to be a technologically savvy leader in the profession of librarianship.
From the LITA website, participants will use the LITA Leadership Institute Wiki, a portal toLeadership Institute videos, discussion forums, readings and more. A face-to-face meetingopportunity will be provided at both the midwinter and annual ALA conferences, where
 participants can meet the Institute’s leader, speakers and fellow participants. While in
-personconference participation is not required of Leadership Institute participants, we recommend thedevelopment and implementation of video conference technology to allow for a face-to-faceinteraction and experience whenever physical travel is not practical.The Leadership Institute will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference and a call for
applications will be made on LITA’s website. A full description of the program and
participation requirements will be made available on the application. A deadline for applicationswill be established (September is the proposed month), applications will be reviewed, andselected participants will be notified a month after the application deadline. The Institute willofficially start in January, with participants having the option of meeting in-person at ALAMidwinter. The program will continue for six months, ending in July, with a chance forparticipants to meet at ALA Annual.
 How: LITA Leadership Institute Application Requirements:
LITA MembershipCurriculum Vitae/ResumeLetter of Recommendation from a colleague or library systemShort essay (250 words) describing interest in developing leadership skills and
interest inbecoming involved in LITA activities
Selection Process:
The LITA Membership Committee will review applications and select participantsbased on the criteria described above.Participant size should be limited to 6-12 people (to form a small cohort). The cohort
size will be reviewed after the completion of the program’s inaugural year.
 Program Description:
Once program participants have been selected, they will receive a welcome emaildirecting them to the LITA Leadership Institute Wiki.
The Wiki will provide a synopsis of the program and outline the Institute’s
commitment requirements.

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