Six Maine Librarians Chosen for Library Leadership Program

The Maine State Library and Maine Library Association have announced the names of participants in the second Maine Library Leadership Institute. The 2015 class includes Marcela Peres of the Lewiston Public Library, Abby Morrow of the Ellsworth Public Library, Erica Irish of the Belfast Free Library, Michelle Connors of the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook, Mary Beckett of the Edythe Dyer Community library in Hampden, and Lisa Neal Shaw of the Caribou Public Library.

The Maine Library Leadership Institute is a year-long program that prepares library leaders to bring effective and innovative services to Maine citizens so they can meet the challenges of today and the future.

The kickoff event for the institute is the week-long New England Library Association’s “New England Library Leadership Symposium” in August, led by Maureen Sullivan, a past president of the American Library Association and a nationally recognized speaker on leadership.

Each month the cohort will meet to learn about and discuss solutions to challenges facing the library profession. The participants will also be responsible for designing and completing a project that will address Maine library needs. The year will culminate with a presentation of the projects at a state-wide meeting of librarians.