Wyoming Library Leadership Institute Class of 2015



WLLI group shot
Congratulations go out to the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute class of 2015. Pictured from left to right:
  • Ashley Jo Will, Rock Springs Library, Sweetwater County Library System
  • Richard Landreth, mentor (WLLI class of 2001), Campbell County School District 1
  • Tekla Slider, Laramie County Library System
  • Sheryll Hampton, Sheridan College Mary Brown Kooi Library, Northern Wyoming Community College District
  • Maria Ricks, Converse County Library
  • Anna Smedts, mentor (WLLI class of 2013), Lander Library, Fremont County Library System
  • Chris Van Burgh, WLLI coordinator, Wyoming State Library
  • Patty Kearnes, Campbell County High School
  • Johanna Tuttle, Campbell County Public Library System
  • Jacqueline Kramer, Sweetwater County Library
  • Jacque Moran Strike, Sublette County Library
  • Tasha Reeves, Lander Library, Fremont County Library System
  • Brian Greene, Wyoming State Library
Not pictured: Jep Enck, WLLI presenter and facilitator, Enck Resources.

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

What did this year’s participants have to say about WLLI?

Johanna Tuttle: “WLLI was so beneficial to me in both my personal and professional growth. The condensed knowledge imparted of best leadership practices as well as the cutting edge models from disciplines from neuroscience to quantum physics have given me valuable skills to use at work and home. Add bacon, yoga, networking opportunities with other librarians in the state, and a gorgeous natural setting to personal and professional growth, and I had an awesome experience which I recommend to anyone involved in the Wyoming Library Association.”

Jacque Strike: “Wyoming Leadership Institute was like a wonderful “play date” with a bunch of kindred spirits! Re-energizing and fun!”

Tasha Reeves: “The presenters and fellow librarians were all an absolute joy to be around and I was able to gain much insight and knowledge from this experience. I walked away with new friends and new ideas. I came back to work invigorated and ready to put thoughts into action! ”

Ashley Jo Will: “At the institute, I learned a lot about the qualities of effective leadership and conflict resolution. Although I’m not in a position of authority in my library, I hope to share this information with my boss and that some information is implemented. I will also hold on to this information in the hopes that if I earn a leadership position someday, I’ll have valuable insights that I’ve learned at the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.”

For questions about the Leadership Institute, contact Chris Van Burgh at the Wyoming State Library, 307-777-3642 or chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

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