Concurrent Program Session

Following the Leadership Academies

Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 702/704/706

Is there really such a thing as a natural born leader, or do some people know how to tap into their strengths to develop strong leadership skills? Hear from two state library leadership institutes on how they use the Gallup Strengths Finder 2.0 tool to identify and develop strengths for their participants. Learn how strong library leaders have used this assessment to strengthen their own talents to lead from any position. Hear from a library administrator on how to fold this into library training to create stronger teams and build leadership among your staff, teams, or departments.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Learn about the book and web-based test for personal use. 2: Hear how library leadership institutes have been using Strengths Finder 2.0 to build leaders among the industry. 3: Learn how to use this assessment for staff development to build stronger teams based on individual potential.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program

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Track: Lead

Tags: Leadership


Suzanne McGowan, Branch Manager
Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO

Suzanne is the branch manager and Youth Services Advocate for Anythink Libraries. Suzanne participated in the first cohort of the Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute and the 2013 PLA Leadership Academy. Her strengths include: Command, Strategic, Competition, Self-Assurance and Woo. Throughout her career, Suzanne has collaborated with others to offer unique programming for special populations and people with disabilities.

Elizabeth Kelsen Huber,
Colorado Library Consortium, ,

As Assistant Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) Elizabeth provides leadership to all library types across Colorado through CLiC's services and resources. Serving as chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Leadership Development Committee she has managed four CALLI (CAL Leadership Institute) cohorts and supported new leaders in all levels and types of libraries. She utilizes her strengths of learner, input, learner, responsibility, achiever, and connectedness daily.

Amy Boese, Teen Librarian
Ramsey County Library, ,

Amy Boese's top five strengths include: Achiever, Includer, Input, Learner, and Ideation. She leverages those to build library partnerships with schools and community organizations including work with the White House's ConnectED Challenge. She is an advocate for making things in library spaces and for being loud at the library. A 2013 graduate of the Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence(MILE), Amy was co-chair of MILE 2015, and is the current Minnesota Library Association President-Elect.

Jean Duncan McFarren, Deputy Director
Stark County District Library, Canton, OH

Top Five Strengths: Positivity, Adaptability, Connectedness, Individualization, Responsibility Having dedicated her career to helping patrons access the information they need to improve their lives, Jean knows the value of connecting people with information. Graduate of Walsh University with master's degree in Library Science from Kent State University. Worked as a reference librarian and library administrator. Graduate of Leadership Stark County's Signature Program and Government Academy and the 2014 American Library Association Leadership Institute.

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