2019-20 Montana Summer Library Leadership Institute

Save the date! June 18-21 SLLI Retreat - Rising Wolf Ranch, East Glacier Park 

About the institute:

The 2019 Summer Library Leadership Institute (SLLI) will met July 18-21  for an intensive 4-day retreat at the Rising Wolf Ranch near East Glacier Park, MT.  

SLLI (DRAFT) Outcomes

Institute participants will:

  • RECOGNIZE THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP STYLE as well as the benefits and challenges of their style, so that they can participate more productively in management teams and to effect positive change in their library and community. 
  • Be CONFIDENT TO TAKE RISKS and to create an environment that is resilient in failure so that libraries and librarians are positive innovators in their communities.
  • PURSUE THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT to try new things, grow, to evaluate their efforts, to view hardship, failure, or fear as a catalyst for positive change in their own lives, their libraries and communities.

Group photo of Leadership Institute 2017

2017 Summer Library Leadership Insitute participants

These are the topics covered by the 2017 institute retreat and follow-up meetings and webinars:

  • listening and communication
  • ethics
  • teamwork
  • creativity
  • managing change
  • decision making 
  • self-awareness
  • collaboration/partnering
  • inspiring others
  • project management
  • analyzing community needs and library needs
  • research - action - evaluation: using planning models effectively

Find the 2017 SLLI logic model, which includes the anticipated impacts of the institute and the plan to evaluation this project by clicking here.   

For a glimpse of the projects from the 2015-16 participants, see this video. For a report of the 2017-18 projects see this story map.

The SLLI facilitators and MSL staff are committed to assuring that all SLLI participants are confident, well-tooled, and supported so that they are able to continue to collaborate and manage challenging projects that benefit their libraries and communities. Participants' projects are generally large, long-term, and challenging in scope, fulfill and align with the library's mission, and meet some of the following criteria:

  • address the worst problems in a community
  • identify and work with partners and organizations in the community and region
  • utilize project management methodology
  • have considerable risk for failure

For more information about the 2017-18 SLLI, contact CE Coordinator, Jo Flick jflick@mt.gov