Library Leadership Academy 2018





The New Jersey State Library is pleased to announce the 2018 Leadership Academy, once again offering librarians the opportunity to think big and creatively about their libraries. This will be an eight part series and attendance at all sessions is mandatory. All sessions will be held at the Monmouth County Library, Headquarters Branch, Manalapan, NJ.

The program will include presentations by speakers on such varied topics as marketing and branding your library, emerging technologies for libraries and a hands-on training in how to perform a community needs assessment.

Outcomes:  Participants in the program will

  • Return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities.
  • Return to their communities as better leaders, prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders.
  • Have the opportunity to form a vibrant learning community and network, which is an essential element of effective leadership development.

Program Dates and Speakers:

  • October 18, 2018         Free Library of Philadelphia – “Public Library’s Role in Civic Engagement”

Presentations and Images from the Day


  • Siobhan Riordan, director of The Free Library of Philadelphia and her team of leaders provide inspirational and relevant presentations on how that library engages with the communities in Philadelphia. The topics included: Enrichment and Civic Engagement, Developing & Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Culinary Literacy, and Friends & Advocacy.


Tania Rios explains how the library provides space and support for challenged communities such as the Puerto Rican community after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last year.


Liz Fitzgerald providing a presentation on the value of a kitchen within a library – “Cooking is a vehicle for learning
-science and math literacy
-historical and cultural literacy
-nutritional health literacy

Libraries are the heart of community just like the kitchen is the heart
of a home.

  • November 29, 2018     Phil Bowermaster – “Libraries, Acceleration, and the Reality Spectrum

Images from the Day





With his signature wit and timing, Phil Bowermaster provides insight into issues which affect us all as we travel through life in an environment of accelerating change.


Phil’s program was presented in two parts: Part 1: Accelerating Times, and Part 2: Facing Reality. The presentation included break-out sessions where the attendees had the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and concerns about their libraries’ futures over such discussion questions of: ‘What new and emerging capabilities do libraries need most?’ ‘How have libraries served as a resource for post-scarcity up to now and how can they do so in the future?’, and ‘Should libraries focus on helping people to build a better reality?’

A big take-away from the workshop is that although the future is uncertain, we need to do our best to be ready for the next big developments. Another take-away is that we can look at scarcity and changes in the ways we’ve always done things and turn them around to become benefits/abundances. Change gives us opportunities to excel in a different way.

The challenge for each of us going forward… will be to anticipate as best as possible what might happen, to work on shaping what we can in a positive way and to be nimble enough to change direction as the situation warrants.

The complete Power Point presentation can be found at
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To view the handout materials click here  Acceleration Inventory

Phil Bowermaster introducing an important theme:

The future is unfolding at an ever accelerating pace which creates uncertainty. However, the world can change for the better if we give issues the attention they need.


                   Provocative images from the Power Point presentation

                  Group Discussion and Lunch at the Monmouth County Library 

  • December 17, 2018      Rakia Reynolds – “Fan of Your Brand”
  • December 17, 2018      Seth Turner – Congressional Management Foundation, Branding and Advocacy
  • January 17, 2019         Kristin Fontichiaro – Community Needs Assessment
  • January 17, 2019         James Hughes – “An Era of Demographic and Technological Change”
  • February 13, 2019        Catherine Hakala-Ausperk – “Politics & Partnerships”
  • March 14, 2019            Kristin Fontichiaro – Community Needs Assessment
  • April 11, 2019              Deborah Blackwell: Personality Types
  • April 11. 2019              Anthony Iovino, Architect. Tour of Holmdel Library
  • May 9, 2019                Topic to be determined by Participants

For more information about the speakers click here.

Daily Schedule: 

  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Coffee and Registration
  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM First Session
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Second Session
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Reflections