Leadership Workshop Enters Second Year

July 26, 2011 | News

The second annual CUNY Librarians L.E.A.D. (Learn to Envision Alternative Directions) workshop took place on May 12, 2011. The one-day seminar was attended by 25 CUNY library faculty from 15 CUNY schools. Topics covered included adaptive leadership, effective interpersonal communication, and effective negotiation. The seminar was designed and presented by Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant specializing in libraries and other information organizations, who is president-elect of the ALA. This May’s workshop was co-planned by Julie Lim (CUNY School of Law) and Daniel Cherubin (Hunter College).

Envisioned as the second part of the program’s two-year pilot, it was attended by many of the participants of the 2010 L.E.A.D. inaugural workshop.

“L.E.A.D. has had a positive impact from attendees’ perspectives,” says Professor Lim. “It has given them the opportunity to exchange ideas, but not in a vacuum.” During the session, attendees expressed their desire for CUNY chief librarians to participate in a similar workshop in order to be exposed to the same issues and share their concerns and feedback. Accordingly, a seminar for chief librarians, also led by Maureen Sullivan, has been tentatively scheduled for November 2011.

Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources emphasizes that the workshop addresses the unique role of the academic librarian, “The L.E.A.D. seminar series is a recognition that managing a library has always been a complex matter, and requires many different skills.” By bringing together managers from across the institution, the seminar encourages interaction, he says. If managers know each other, they are likely to feel more comfortable picking up the phone to discuss a specific issue or to find out how things work at another library. Kendrick envisions broader participation in next year’s L.E.A.D. workshop, with this year’s alumni involved in planning and administration for the incoming group. This participation would contribute to the workshop’s mission. “It will build the group’s cohesiveness,” he says. Kendrick expects that a new cycle of workshops will be available in May 2012 to new CUNY participants who are or will be in managerial positions.

The L.E.A.D. workshop series grew out of a 2008 CUNY Council of Chief Librarians (CCL) retreat, which identified leadership training as a strategic initiative and formed a committee to develop the program. Committee chair Professor Consuella Askew, who was then Chief Librarian at the Graduate School of Journalism, conceived of the program as a way to nurture future chief librarians from within CUNY in the face of impending retirements.

Attendees of the second workshop included:

  • Barbara Bonous-Smit, Queensborough Community College
  • Daniel Cherubin, Hunter College
  • Jill Cirasella, Brooklyn College
  • Jane Cramer, Brooklyn College
  • Amirta Dhawan, City College
  • Beth Evans, Brooklyn College
  • Raquel Gabriel, CUNY School of Law
  • Michael Handis, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Rhonda Johnson, Hostos Community College
  • Curtis Kendrick, CUNY Office of Library Services
  • Jeffery Kroessler, John Jay College
  • Laroi Lawton, Bronx Community College
  • Julie Lim, CUNY School of Law
  • Catherine Lyons, Hostos Community College
  • Michael Miller, Queens College
  • Alexei Oulanov, Medgar Evers College
  • Steven Ovadia, LaGuardia Community College
  • Linda Rath, Baruch College
  • Mariana Regalado, Brooklyn College
  • Jonathan Saxon, CUNY School of Law
  • Ellen Sexton, John Jay College
  • Junior Tidal, CUNY City Tech
  • Susan Voge, Lehman College
  • Scott White, LaGuardia Community College
  • Constance Williams, Queensborough Community College

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