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Thursday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Navigating by the Stars: Library Leadership Lessons

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In this unique and interactive lively lunch, participants will engage with four librarians with backgrounds in technical services and collections who transitioned to leadership roles. While some were thrust unexpectedly into the role, others followed a directed career trajectory. Yet, they all share the commonality of facing unforeseen challenges while seeking to emerge from the depths of inexperience. They will briefly share their experiences in leadership, as well as strategies for preparation, challenges they continue to face, and lessons they are still learning. Participants will learn about developing a personal leadership practice, as well as networking, mentoring, and professional development to prepare for senior leadership positions. They will also gain practical advice on managing the interview process and surviving the early days of the job. The panel will provide participants with a leadership “toolkit” that includes suggested readings, professional organizations, and educational opportunities, adding recommendations from participants throughout the lively lunch session.

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Annie Belanger

Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University
Annie Bélanger is the Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University. Previously, she was an Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence at the University of Waterloo. She has also served as the Head, Information Services & Resources... Read More →
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Erin Gallagher

Director of Collection Services, Reed College
Erin Gallagher is the Director of Collection Services at Reed College in lovely Portland, Oregon. Before that, she worked as the E-Resources & Serials Librarian at Rollins College in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Erin started her library career on the vendor side as a collection development... Read More →
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Jonathan Harwell

Head of Collections and Systems, Rollins College
Jonathan H. Harwell has previously served as guest editor and peer reviewer for Against the Grain. He is Head of Collections & Systems at Rollins College, and was previously a librarian at Georgia Southern University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Berry College. He... Read More →
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Mellissa Hinton

Head, Library Technical Services, Long Island University
Mellissa Hinton is the Head of Technical Services at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at the Post Campus of Long Island University (LIU) in Brookville, New York. She has many years of experience in cataloging and acquisitions. She holds an MSIS and MA in English from LIU... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Citadel Green Room North, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403