These folks are not preparing to do dinner theater or tour as part of the cast of "West Side Story"...this is the latest class to graduate from the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.
The sixth class of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute graduated on July 30, 2010, during ceremonies at the R.A. Gray Building, home of the State Library and Archives of Florida.
The Institute is one of several strategies developed to cultivate and enhance the leadership skills of Florida’s library staff. This year-long comprehensive series of sessions focuses on developing diverse leaders to serve in administrative roles at local, regional, state and national levels, as well as re-energizing staff currently employed in the library profession.
As a result of the Institute, participants are better prepared to provide the highest quality library services to the citizens of Florida in an effective and innovative manner that will meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges.
Twenty-three people have completed this year’s 10-session Institute. The participants, who represent public, academic, special and school libraries, were chosen from applicants statewide. Each participant was paired with a mentor, who offered them guidance throughout the year. The Institute has received nationwide recognition for its focus on mentoring and developing library leaders.
“Mentoring is a key component of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute,” said Interim Secretary of State Dawn K. Roberts, who spoke at the graduation ceremony. “The collaborative efforts of this year’s participants and their mentors ensure a bright future for Florida’s libraries.”
A list of this year’s Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute graduates and mentors can be found online at http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/leadership/participants.cfm.