ATG Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars 3/20/16

Professional Growth & Development Opportunities sponsored by:

  • ALA/Innovative Interfaces;
  • ALA/Harwood Institute for Public Innovation;
  • Wake Forest University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro;
  • Mission Bell Media;

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Date: August 8-11
Deadline: April 15, 2016.

Applications for the 2016Leading to the FutureALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute is designed to help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

Building on the success of the past three ALA Leadership Institutes, and with support from Innovative Interfaces, Inc., the four-day immersive leadership development program for up to 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA past-president Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

The application form as well as details and guidelines are available on the Transforming Libraries website. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

Through reflective and active learning, the institute offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity…”

According to ALA News “the American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced their fourth annual training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 19 to 21, 2016, at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and specialty libraries — are encouraged to register.

Through discussions, hands-on activities, and collaborations with like-minded library professionals, participants will learn to:

  • tap libraries’ natural values to contribute to the greater good and bring their communities together;
  • surface people’s shared aspirations for their communities and help bring them to life;
  • convene and lead productive, insightful community conversations; and
  • become stewards of public knowledge.

Participants must register online by Oct. 14. The cost is $1,495 for the first person from an organization and $995 for each additional person. Team participation is encouraged.

For more information, visit

October 17, 2016

The fifth Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians will explore how librarians exhibit entrepreneurship by re-imagining libraries of the future now. The conference goal is twofold: to inspire entrepreneurial action among librarians and to create a community among those who do.

The conference will be held on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro on October 17, 2016.   It is sponsored by the libraries at Wake Forest University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

We seek librarians and information professionals to present about projects related to the conference theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Creative ways librarians and libraries are re-imagining their roles
  • New programs or solutions that made a difference in your library or community
  • Initiatives that exhibited a culture of change and risk taking
  • Responses to external forces that inspired change
  • Beneficial change demonstrated through measurable outcomes

Presentation Formats:

Forty-five minute break-out sessions including Q&A which may be panels or single presenters.  Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Submit your proposal here. (

Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Individual Registration: $60  Group Registration: $200

Steven Bell, presenter and moderator, will lead a panel to discuss strategies on how to approach challenges and use them to build leadership presence. In this live web event, four library leaders, Steven Bell, Peter Bromberg, Trevor Dawes and Erin Smith, will share their lessons in leadership from a story-telling perspective, helping attendees to navigate and learn from their own crucible moments.

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