TALL Texans Leadership Institute

Serving Library & School Professionals Since 1905

 - A Sponsor of the Institute

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The Texas Library Association proudly announces the
TALL Texans Class of 2014

Ignacio Albarracin, San Antonio Public Library
Lisa Ancelet, Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos
Dreanna Belden, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton

Carolyn Booker, Keller Public Library
Jennifer Brown, Haslet Public Library
Dyan Dunagan, Muleshoe Public Library
Christina Gola, University of Houston Libraries
Chantele Hancock, Hurst Public Library
Elizabeth Hensley, Calvert Elementary School, Aldine ISD, Houston
Kimberly Herrington, Pearland Junior High West, Pearland ISD

Emily Hurst, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston
Troy Lawrence, Roosevelt High School, Northeast ISD, San Antonio
Shan Martinez, Abilene Christian University Library
Liane Martins, Richardson Public Library
Kayla Middleton, Lake Ridge High School, Mansfield ISD
Richelle O’Neil, Prosper High School, Prosper ISD
Jodene Pappas, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches
Dawn Rapoza, McAllen Public Library
Lynette Roberson, Dallas Public Library
Maria Rodriguez, Hill Middle School, Dallas ISD
Cheryl Rowan, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, Houston
Lisa Shen, Newton-Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville
Aundrea Wright-Young, Hexter Elementary School, Dallas ISD
Debra Yocum, Melillo Middle School, Pasadena ISD


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 2014 Institute will held June 15-18 at Montserrat Retreat Center, 600 North Shady Shores Drive, Lake Dallas. The Texas Library Association is exploring new possible locations for future years. The Montserrat facility will offer a setting away from the hectic pace of daily work with both indoor and outdoor meeting areas to offer flexibility and variety for group activities. The nature of the surroundings and the June climate call for casual and cool attire. More information about the site is available here.


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 is Past President of the American Library Association in 2013-14.

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. The mentors for the new class will include Sharon Amastae, recently retired from Ysleta ISD in El Paso (TLA President 2014-15); the TLA 2014-2015 President Elect (TBD but will be a public library director); Dan Burgard, Library Director at the UNT Health Science Center; Dr. Martin Halbert, Dean of the University of North Texas Libraries; Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and also a past president of ALA; and just announced, Susan Geye, Coordinator of Library Services at Everman ISD.

 Cost: The cost for instruction, room, board and related planned activities is currently set at $595. 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 March 27, 2014