August 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 15) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Thompson wins OLA Leadership Development Scholarship

Sara Q. Thompson, recently appointed Adult Services Manager for the Deschutes Public Library, was awarded $500 from the Oregon Library Association to cover expenses for the Library Management Skills Institute (LMSI), held July 25-27 at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. The three day institute focused on facilitative leadership, decision making, coaching, and organizational change. One of the main learning outcomes of LMSI is to “identify what motivates people and explore options for increasing staff engagement.”

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Sara plans to use the techniques and strategies used at LMSI in her work at Deschutes Public Library and with her involvement in OLA. She is currently a member of the OLA Website Task Force and is involved in planning the inaugural Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA), to be held in Pendleton May 16-19, 2018.



Applications for the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year to support OLA members in developing their leadership abilities. The next application deadline is November 30, 2017.   

Elaine Hirsch
OLA Leadership Committee, Chair
Associate Director of Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark