July. Muggy hot. Wheaton College. Flip charts. 4 days.
37 participants (chosen via a competitive process), 2 facilitators, a shifting number of Regional Administrators and 10 mentors (of which I was one) made up the 2009 Massachusetts Library Leadership Institute, which would be MLLI, or MALLI, but for some reason, it's Library Leadership Massachusetts . Oh librarians and their acronyms. Have you looked at the alphabet soup of ALA abbreviations? Mind boggling!
Facilitators Becky Schreiber and John Shannon (not to be confused with my former NMH colleague, the visionary Jon Shannon) of Schreiber Shannon Associates led the charge through four, full, semi-grueling days of leadership building exercises and self-reflection. My role? Mentor. Witness. Observer. Coach. Cheerleader. Feedbacker.
There are now 37 (more) Massachusetts librarians in the early years of their careers poised to lead in their work places as well as taking on roles in state and regional library organizations. Battle on!
Graphic from: http://www.llma.org/