About two dozen assistant library managers from across the state recently came to Nashville for a three-day workshop hosted by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The workshop, called the Public Library Leadership Academy, was the first of its kind in Tennessee.
For years, the Library and Archives has hosted the Public Library Management Institute, which provides executive level training for public library directors. Based on the success of that program, the Public Library Leadership Academy was created to provide tips to assistant library directors and other "second-tier" administrators on how to improve their professional skills.
The Leadership Academy was held in the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville. The workshop sessions addressed leadership styles; generational issues between managers and employees; leadership under adversity; building and maintaining staff morale; dealing with difficult people and difficult situations; maintaining work/life balance; leading while not in charge; and helping libraries to serve as community catalysts.
"In today's economy, professionals need to continue learning new skills throughout their careers in order to be successful. The people who run our libraries are no different," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "I am proud that we have been able to expand our training program to include these assistant managers. They are the public library directors of tomorrow so it is beneficial for them to participate to prepare for both current and future challenges."
The participants received certificates of completion at the end of the three-day workshop. Here's a complete list of the participating librarians:
|Barber, Teal||Rocky Top Public Library|
|Bryan, Teresa||Newbern City Library|
|Campbell, Misty||Clinton Public Library|
|Carter-Snead, Marissa||Sevier County Public Library System|
|Conatser, Donna||Fentress County Public Library|
|Dansby, David||Hickman County Public Library|
|Dunlap, Barbara||C. E. Weldon Public Library|
|Gertsch, Karen||Ned R. McWherter Weakley County Library|
|Gifford, Chelsea||Putnam County Library|
|Gray, Jena||Fayetteville – Lincoln County Public Library|
|Hale, Michael||White County Public Library|
|Hussey, Danny||Obion County Public Library|
|Juriew, Dana||Spring Hill Public Library|
|Monday, Kimber||Jellico Public Library|
|Moss, Alesia||Portland Public Library|
|Parchman, Janet||White House Public Library|
|Parks, Keisha||Cleveland Public Library|
|Pitts, Barbara||Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library|
|Rollins, Valerie||Linebaugh Public Library System|
|Russell, Leah Ann||Lee Ola Roberts Library|
|Timbs, Sharon||Tipton County Public Library|
|Welch, Janet||Carroll County Public Library|
|Wright, Becky||Gallatin Public Library of Sumner County|