Lauren Jensen, the public services librarian at Monmouth College, is one of 30 Illinois librarians selected to participate in “Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative,” a year-long program designed to develop future leaders in the library professions and in the Illinois community.
The participants will attend three sessions and work in a unique environment with other developing leaders, experienced Illinois library leaders and nationally recognized speakers. The goal of the program is for each individual to develop leadership skills that can be applied in local, state and global arenas.
Jensen, who last year received a National Conference Scholarship from the Association of College and Research Libraries, has herself been a sought-after source for presentations about how Facebook and other social technologies can be implemented into library practices.
“I am thrilled that Lauren has been selected to participate in this unique endeavor,” said Illinois State Library director Anne Craig, whose organization co-sponsors the seminars along with the Illinois Library Association. “Synergy participants will be exposed to new strategies and new ways of thinking about the future of the library profession. We must be proactive and seek out new library leaders and keep our libraries growing and vibrant in the coming years.”
Studies indicate that nearly half of all current librarians nationwide will move toward retirement during the next 10 years.
“I am confident that Lauren and our other Synergy participants will help us chart a course for the future that encourages citizens to enter the library profession and become library leaders, while maintaining our libraries as cornerstones of our communities,” added Craig.
The Synergy sessions are slated for April 20-22 in Utica; August 3-5 in Grafton; and October 26-28 in Lisle.