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
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.
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