2017-18 Montana Summer Library Leadership Institute

2017 Institute Retreat July 26-29, 2017 Program Agenda

Presentation materials from SLLI (check back)

Project management

Link to attend SLLI webinars (for participants, MSL staff, and facilitators only)

About the institute:

The 2017 Summer Library Leadership Institute (SLLI) met July 26-29 for an intensive 4-day retreat at the Rising Wolf Ranch near East Glacier Park, MT.  
Fourteen librarians gathered with four facilitators and three members of the Montana State Library, Library Development Division, to discuss and learn about leadership styles, practice communication strategies, explore project management models.  This cohort will continue to meet at least once a month online starting in September.  Each participant designs and implements a project that will put their new knowledge and skills into practice. For a glimpse of the projects from the previous 2015-16 participants, see this video. 

facilitators Carly Delsigne Cody Allen Della Dubbe KellyAnneTerry

Meet your 2017 SLLI Facilitators (l-r): 

  • Carly Delsigne - Director, North Jefferson County Libraries
  • Cody Allen - Billings Public Library Tech Lab: Public Services Librarian
  • Della Dubbe - Director, Helena College Library (president emeritus, MLA)
  • KellyAnne Terry - Director, Lewistown Public Library

MSL staff planning and coordinating this event:  Joann Flick, CE Coordinator; Lauren McMullen and Pam Henley, Consulting Librarians.

SLLI 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 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 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. 

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