ABOUT THE MAR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The MAR Leadership Institute sponsors a combination of in person and online learning seminars to teach business, management, and leadership skills that will enhance participants' ability to advocate for themselves, their organizations and their profession with their institution's senior leadership, external funding agencies, government bodies, and user groups. In-person Institute topics include Writing for Leaders, Advocacy and Coaching Up/Down and Among Peers.
Leadership Institute participants will be drawn from hospital, academic health sciences and biomedical libraries in the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Project team includes the following:
- Cristina Pope, Director, Health Science Center Library, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, Principal Investigator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Renee Barger, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- Diana Cunningham, Associate Dean and Director, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, email@example.com
- Donna Gibson, Director of Library Services, Medical Library, Nathan Cummings Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joanne Muellenbach, Director, Medical Library, Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA Jmuellenbach@tcmedc.org
- Anne Seymour, Associate Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, email@example.com
Under the sponsorship of the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (N/NLM), a series of four workshops were scheduled. All have been evaluated with the highest marks.
1. The Coaching Institute: Developing Leaders Among Us. July 2010 / Sponsored by
Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and recognized speaker and coaching expert will lead the Coaching Up/Down and Among Peers Institute. Her book, Developing Women Leaders, A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations, (2009) describes what organizations and individuals need to know about leadership competencies, personality and leadership styles and presents practical solutions.
2. The Writing Institute October 11-12, 2011, Syracuse, New York, and part of the continuing education segment of the annual meeting of the Upper New York Ontario Canada chapter, Syracuse, New York. / Sponsored by
Successful leadership is predicated upon effective advocacy for funding in support of the institution's services and resources. In today's resource scarce environment, the most successful 'asks' exemplify a combination of logic and passion. Writing for Leaders teaches participants to utilize a variety of techniques to develop convincing and effective requests for funding; staffing, strategic plans; vision and mission statements; public relations items; and letters to the editor. Located in Upstate New York, Word-Wrights Incorporated will customize a Writing Institute to meet the expressed needs of the MAR constituencies. Word-Wrights specializes in a hands-on, heads-on approach to learning and comes strongly recommended.
3. The Advocacy Institute February 3-4, 2011, Philadelphia College of Physicians [?], Philadelphia, PA. / Sponsored by
Topics for the Advocacy Institute include the differences and similarities between organizational, state, regional and professional efforts and effective strategies for identifying stakeholders, power brokers, and aligning strategic plans (including budgets) with group/organizational priorities. Potential speakers include representatives from national, state and regional legislative advocacy groups; academic health centers, hospitals, and public health agencies. Dale Dirks, President of Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington has agreed to speak to health policy issues and advocacy at the national level.
4. Present with Confidence April 20-21, 2011, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
The MAR Leadership Institute also offers an online learning community. The online community takes advantage of flexible scheduling to minimize disruptions to professional and personal schedules and expense and supports the participation of the MAR Librarians in all MAR regions. Webinar based seminars topics will be determined by the Planning Committee in consultation with the MAR constituencies. The Planning Committee will review the leadership competencies developed by a variety of library organizations (ALA, AAHSL, GIR) and compare those competencies to the leadership training opportunities most recently offered in our service areas and look for absences of specific leadership topics. Those topics either not presented or receiving requests for additional opportunities will receive priority. The Planning Committee expects that the webinars will function similarly to journal clubs. Participants will complete readings assigned by the seminar moderator. Discussion will occur synchronously via webinar and continue in the Leadership Institute blog. Webinar leaders will be Planning Committee members and volunteers from the library leadership community.
The Leadership Institutes are funded through an Award made by the NLM National Network Office and through the generous donations of our sponsors.