TALL Texans Leadership Institute

Serving Library & School Professionals Since 1905


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The online application form for the 2015 TALL Texans Leadership Institute is now closed.

The Selection Committee is now reviewing applications, and will meet on February 28 to
approve the Class of 2015 roster. Results will be announced by March 6.

The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, teambuilding, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders. A full list of institute topics may be found here.

Where will the Institute be held?

The 2015 Institute is scheduled for July 19-22 (postponed from the original dates of June 14-17) at the Montserrat Retreat Center, which has hosted the program for the last several years.


Maureen Sullivan and Jack Siggins are scheduled to facilitate. Maureen Sullivan is an organizational development consultant to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience on organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. Sullivan is currently on the faculty of the annual ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a professor of practice in the new Ph.D./Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland. Sullivan is also a past president of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and LLAMA (Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association), and was President of the American Library Association in 2012-13.

Her husband, Jack Siggins, has recently retired as head of the Gelman Library at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, since 1995. Previously he served for ten years as Deputy University Librarian at Yale University. He has also held positions at the Library of Congress, the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Chicago. He received a B.A. degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University, where he concentrated on Spanish and Portuguese language and culture, and graduate degrees from American University and the University of Chicago in Far Eastern Languages and Literatures and library science.  Jack served in the U.S. Army as a Japanese Language Interpreter and as a researcher for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Jack has been involved in the development and integration of automation in libraries throughout his career, from the pre-OCLC period to the present.  He has served as consultant and trainer at several academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world in the areas of strategic planning, team building, resource sharing, benchmarking, organizational restructuring, building design and personnel management.

Six top library directors and administrators also serve a mentors for the participants.

 Cost: $615. Transportation costs are not included.

Participants are encouraged to seek funding to defray costs. Many TLA units are making support funds available. Check with your division, and roundtable chairs to see if funds are available. Employing institutions may be willing to fund participants, as well as local Friends Groups, Rotary, and other service clubs. Vendors have also been known to contribute. For those in urgent need who only need a small amount to cover part of their expenses, information on the June Kahler Berry Fund is available here.

What happens after the Institute?

Participants in the Institute will continue to develop their leadership skills through hands-on activities. There will be a 2-year commitment on the part of the participants through each participant's Personal Action Agenda, which will begin at the Institute with the aid of the mentors and continue with support from the Leadership Development Committee. The Agenda includes two projects - one supporting the participant's library or community, and the other supporting the principle of libraries by building connections to local champions for libraries.

Comments from Participants:

"This has been the highlight of my educational career! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for selecting me. You will never know the impact this has had on my life." 

"The mentors were terrific. As a group and as people, they were inspired, helped, encouraged, and clarified our thinking and acted as friends."  

"An overall excellent experience." 

"The Institute gave me the opportunity to zero in on positive ways to improve what I am and to focus on the direction my life is taking."

What else should you know about the Institute?

The Leadership Development Institute is the major activity by which TLA, through its Leadership Development Program, endeavors to provide a statewide impetus for expanded leadership education opportunities for all TLA members. With the Leadership Development Institute, the Texas Library Association is providing a high-quality, 3-day, intensive learning experience for the Institute participants. TLA is also keeping participant cost to a minimum by underwriting a substantial amount of the cost for the Institute. The Texas Library Association is providing this level of support as a part of its commitment to its membership and the profession.

"This was wonderfully organized, lots of thoughtful planning and care. Commitment to Texas libraries was evident." - TALL Texan participant

Serving Library & School Professionals Since 1905

 - A Sponsor of the Institute 

Created on Sep 17, 2010 | Last updated February 14, 2015