Wyoming Library Leadership Institute

Contact Information
Chris Van Burgh
Database Instruction Librarian
(307) 777-3642

2019 Graduate Institute: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED but details on joining remotely coming soon

All Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduates are invited to attend the first-ever Graduate Institute. Reignite and increase your passion for leadership and collaborate with other grads to create the WLLI Future Plan. Jep Enck, Enck Resources, will lead the group through the planning process and fire up your leadership skills. Plans are in the works to live stream this event for those who can’t make it to Gillette.

Register here.
(Use code WLLIGRAD)

Registration is CLOSED.

If you have any difficulty registering, contact Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642, or contact Laura Grott at lauragrott@gmail.com.

Download a PDF of the flyer.

WLLI’s 2018 Cohort

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute cohort has graduated. These 12 participants were selected through a competitive application process.

  • Devin Hodgins – Crest Hill Elementary, Library Media Tech (Casper)
  • Rachael Svoboda – Laramie County Library System, Business Services Coordinator
  • Helen M. Pugsley – Goshen County Library, Circulation/Reference
  • Becky M. Prelle – Campbell County Public Library, Youth Services Specialist
  • Doug Loughry – Big Piney Library, Branch Manager
  • Jana Marie Reade – Cottonwood Elementary, Library Assistant (Wright)
  • Kimberly Heaster – Crook County Public Library, Sundance Branch Librarian
  • Kyouhee Choi Berger – Campbell County Public Library, Reference Services Specialist
  • Rachel “Danielle” Price – Wyoming State Library, Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • Thomas Ivie – Wyoming State Library, Research and Statistics Librarian
  • Dana Urman – Campbell County Public Library, Outreach Specialist
  • Jennifer Kofoed – Converse County Library – Circulation/ILL Manager

About WLLI

The 2015 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduating class. The 2015 Institute was held July 13-15th at the Folded Hills Ranch outside of Buffalo, Wyoming.

The Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community.

WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It’s not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration.

Megan Bietz-Dingman, Anna Veinbergs Street, and Rachael Yates at WLLI 2013.

Watch for an announcement of the 2020 Institute.

When the application period for the next cohort is announced, individuals associated with all types of libraries (academic, public, school and special) are invited to apply. Trustees, support staff, paraprofessionals, library media specialists and librarians are eligible (trustees must have at least one year remaining in the term of his or her appointment at the time the institute is held). Your leadership role in the Wyoming library community is not based on job title.

The application process is competitive. Those attending are encouraged to take future committee and leadership responsibilities in the Wyoming Library Association (WLA), WYLD Network, educational committees and other library initiatives.

Questions should be directed to Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642. Learn more on the Wyoming Library Association website.

2019: WLLI grad retreat
2020: Library Leadership Institute for new participants.
Watch for registration or application information. 


WLLI History

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute began in 2001. View a history of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute, and see lists and photos of graduates of previous institutes.

We have been very lucky to have trainers from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Professional Training, Jep Enck of Enck Resources, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Larry Yatch, a Retired Navy SEAL and Team Performance Expert (SEALed Mindset Leaders) as part of our institute. All have brought their expertise and creativity.