Northwest Mississippi Community College Director of Learning Resources, Maggie Moran, was one of the recent graduates of the 2013 class of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute, according to officials at the Mississippi Library Commission.
Twenty-six rising stars in the library profession participated in a year-long program designed to grow the next generation of library leaders in the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Library Leadership Institute is a transformational experience requiring participants to attend four three-day training sessions, study leadership theory between sessions and undertake a community project. The Institute emphasizes experiences that build strong relationships with community partners and involve a very high level of intensity and risk-taking.
“I am thankful to the Mississippi Library Commission for this opportunity to grow as a leader. I am thankful to my coach, Jan Walker, for pointing out my strengths and weaknesses and devising a plan for continued success. Lastly, I am thankful to have worked with vibrant librarians who are the next generation of movers and shakers statewide,” Moran said.
Participants in the 2013 Mississippi Library Leadership Institute represented 21 different institutions from across the state including K-12 schools, public libraries, community colleges, private colleges, four-year universities, archives and state agencies. Participants were selected in a competitive application process that required written statements on the future of librarianship, the applicant’s vision of service and how participation in the institute would benefit the individual and his or her community.
Project Director Jennifer Wann Walker said, “Participation in the institute is an intensive professional experience that requires a significant commitment of time and energy; however, it is also extremely rewarding and fun for participants who emerge from the program poised to position their libraries and communities for success in an increasingly complex, information-centric world.”
The Mississippi Library Leadership Institute is made possible in part by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Mississippi Library Commission.
For more information on Northwest’s Learning Resources Division, visit the website at www.northwestms.edu.
Pictured: Maggie Moran, left, director of Learning Resources at Northwest Mississippi Community College is congratulated by Jan Walker, president of Insight Consulting P.A. Moran was one of 26 library professionals who recently graduated from the 2013 Mississippi Library Leadership Institute. Walker is the daughter of Como native and longtime Senatobia resident, Jane Patterson Walker. (Photo submitted)