2023 ILA Spring Symposium 


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Morning presenter: 

Lisa Leuck – Read to Lead, LLC Consultant (Elgin PL)
Title: Leading Where You Are: Dialogue, Design, and Disruption 

Everyone can be a leader. It doesn’t matter if you are the director or the shelver, or that you’re in a small library or a large one. But a good leader does need skills to be able to work effectively in whatever position they hold and to be part of and build productive teams to move the library forward. To be able to work together, solve problems, handle difficult situations, and innovate, library leaders need good communication skills, design thinking, and ways to handle both positive and negative disruption. This workshop will guide you through the skills you need and help you use your own real-life examples in the library to see ways that you can be a better leader where you are. 

Afternoon Panel:
: Kellee Forkenbrock, North Liberty Library Public Services Librarian 
Topic: Intentional community building – internally and externally 


Shamichael Hallman –Hallman is currently a visiting fellow (Loeb Fellow) at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Teaching Fellow at the Center for Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2017 to 2022 he served as the Senior Library Manager of the historic Cossitt Library (Memphis Public Libraries). In this role he helped oversee the multi-million-dollar renovation of the library. 

Jamar Rahming – Rahming has worked in the library industry for twenty years in 8 different states including a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wilmington Institute Free Library, an award-winning institution – Recipient of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the highest honor in the industry. 

Brittany Peacock – Peacock is the Community Outreach and Marketing Supervisor for the Davenport Public Library. Peacock oversees a department of creative and passionate individuals who carry out the Library’s mission to Connect a diverse community to resources that inform, enrich, educate, and entertain daily.

Heather Hutto – Hutto serves as executive director of a tribal-rural library in northeastern Oklahoma serving 12,000 people. In this role, she tries to bridge digital inclusivity gaps and foster awareness about this, and intersecting issues. 

Symposium locations: In person locations are able to host up to 25 people per location

Northwest Location, Sheldon Public Library
North Central Location, Garner Public Library
Northeast Location, Fayette Public Library
Southwest Location, Atlantic Public Library
Central Location, Norwalk Public Library
Southeast Location, Fairfield Iowa Library 
Virtually at your computer

Registration does not include lunch. Attendees will be given time to eat.

No refunds will be made until after the Symposium, and only then if you notify us by noon on April 10.

This event has been planned by the Leadership Development Committee

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