Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: July 9, 2013
HAMMOND - A Southeastern Louisiana University staff librarian has been selected to participate
in "Leading to the Future," a new four-day immersive leadership development program
for future library leaders offered in August by the American Library Association (ALA).
Beth Stahr, head of reference and instruction at Sims Memorial Library, was one of only 40 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool.
"I'm excited to meet with like-minded librarians regarding positive approaches to constant challenges and change in academic libraries," said Stahr. "I hope to gain library leadership skills focusing on student and library patron needs as resources shrink and information sources proliferate."
Stahr was named the Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Louisiana Library Association and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2012. She is an alumna of Southeastern, having completed a master of arts in organizational communication in 2011. Stahr is active with the Southeastern chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and is also a board-certified genealogist who has lectured at national genealogical conferences.
The selection committee looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library - public, academic, school, or special library - professional responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement, and community or campus involvement. Participants are expected to return to their libraries equipped with new skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in the communities they serve, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which benefit everyone.
The institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills so they can better help the libraries and the communities they serve thrive in a future that promises continued turbulence and uncertainty.
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.