Leadership Development Division

Managing a library is a challenge in the best of times so it's nice to have backup. Maryland's libraries deserve the finest possible leaders, and LDD is here to help.Our bimonthly meetings provide opportunities to network with library leaders from around the state, while our programs offer managers the chance to enhance their skills.

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Events and Programs

The Maryland Library Association's Leadership Development Division welcomes and supports library staff at all levels — from the front-line to supervisors to administrators to aspiring leaders in any position.

Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty by Scott Steinberg

Thursday June 18th, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, Taneytown Branch Library, Carroll County

Please join us on at the Taneytown Branch Library in picturesque Carroll County. We will be discussing Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty by Scott Steinberg. A steering committee meeting will follow from 2:00 to 2:30 PM.

For branch information and directions see: https://library.carr.org/about/taneytown.asp.

Leadership Book Discussion Webinar

Wednesday, April 29th, 1 - 2 PM in the MLA Blackboard room.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek, is the title of the next Leadership Development Division online book discussion.

If you have ever wondered what it is that makes some teams work beautifully together and others seem like they wouldn't be able to agree on the smallest of things, you will want to read the book and join the discussion. Sinek said he had been thinking about this for a while and wondered about it aloud while talking to a Marine Corps general. The general's response was, "Officers eat last." A good leader has your back and makes sure you have what you need to do your job.

Sinek was one of the "Big Ideas" speakers at the most recent PLA conference. His first book, Start with Why, was a national bestseller and his first TEDtalk based on that book is consistently rated in the top ten talks on the TED.com website.

RSVP to Patty Sundberg

To join the discussion, please go to: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A

We're looking forward to a great discussion!

Leadership Webinar

Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 2 PM

Please join LDD for a webinar to discuss the following articles that Steven Bell has written for the Library Journal. Steven Bell plans to be present for 15 minutes or so at the start of the webinar. This webinar is a precursor to an all-day MLA pre-conference on Remarkable Leadership and Risk Taking in Modern Librarianship in which Steven Bell will lead the morning segment followed by Corinne Hill of the Chattanooga Public Library. All are welcome to participate. RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/Lpui4cgVML.

View the webinar archive: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2015-02-25.1105.M.3E151848D9F8FF2DA6932CEF3E69AA.vcr&sid=2012176

"Creativity and Failure Go Hand in Hand"
"Learning to be a Remarkable Leader"
"Learning from the World's Greatest Leaders"
"Thinking Your Way to a More Leaderly Presence"
"Make It a Place They Want to Work"
"Sell Your Ideas Like A Shark Is Listening"
“What’s Your Personal Mission?”

Mindful Leadership: The Transformative Power of Now

Wednesday, March 11th, 11am - 4:15pm

Howard County Public Library, Miller Branch 9421 Frederick Rd Ellicott City, MD 21042

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of equanimity, and cultivating the ability to stay calm even in the midst of stress or pain. As more people carry their mindfulness practice into the workplace, some organizations report increases in productivity and a higher number of emotionally intelligent staff. After discussing the why of mindful leadership, this participatory workshop shifts to the how, giving you a chance to practice simple techniques in a safe environment and offering strategies for sharing these tools with your team.


Heather Stang, MA (certified yoga and meditation instructor; author of Mindfulness and Grief)
James Kelly, Associate Director, Frederick County Public Libraries
Patty Sundberg, Mount Airy Branch Manager, Carroll County Public Library

Last updated 29 May 2015.