Library employee accepted into leadership institute

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By The Staff

Lisa Lewis-Brown, a technology services employee at the Spencer County Public Library, has been accepted as a member of the first Library Leadership Institute for public library directors. The year long institute features four sessions of two days each and is being offered through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA.)

 Lewis-Brown is one of 24 applicants from public libraries across the state to be accepted into the Library Leadership Institute, which was designed for new library directors (less than 10 years of experience) or those who have potential to become directors. The program will provide opportunities for current and future library directors to develop skills that will assist them as they lead and further develop their libraries.

“I am excited to be part of the 2010 Library Leadership Institute,” said Lewis-Brown. “The presenters are intriguing and offer insightful knowledge designed to give professional public librarians not only the skills needed to meet the needs and demands directed towards them, but to network with peers across the state who share common challenges.”

 According to Wayne Onkst, state librarian and commissioner of KDLA, the program couldn’t come at a better time. “The growth of our public libraries in Kentucky has been phenomenal in recent years. Possibilities for the future are endless,” said Onkst. “A critical factor in whether we take advantage of these opportunities is leadership. We hope the Library Leadership Institute provides tools needed by library directors as they manage their libraries in challenging but exciting times.”