Submitted by Maureen Hinkley on March 10, 2010

news_gseap_visitingprofsFairfield University and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL) co-sponsored a leadership workshop for 31 Connecticut School Librarians on February 20th at the Dolan School of Business. Drs. Maureen Hinkley and Paul Maloney focused their topics on AASL’s “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs and Situational Leadership.”

Keynote speaker Sara Kelly Jones, who is currently running for President of the American Library Association (ALA) and is the Associate Editor of their journal Knowledge Quest began with a quote from John F. Kennedy, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Irene Kwidzinski, CASL Board Member and one of the participants, posted a photo of the event and summarized her experience of the workshop:

“31 people had the privilege of listening to 3 experts talking about how to be a good leader. Sara has created a wiki for us to use and to learn. She has compiled wonderful leadership resources for us.

“Dr. Paul Maloney has a vast amount of experience in business around the world and now shares his knowledge of Situational Leadership at Fairfield. His guiding quote was from Warren G. Bennis, “Leaders are made rather than born.” He said that we are all in a process of change and developing the future. We need leaders throughout any organization. Dr. Maloney explained situational leadership and shared a model of leadership behaviors. He further encouraged participants to observe and study their organizations, scan their environments to understand their dynamics, and to develop their power bases with their constituencies. In addition, he stressed developing expertise and personal power.

“Dr. Maureen Hinkley discussed creating a leadership vision and referred to CT’s 2009 Common Core of Leading. First, you need a vision of the preferred future before you can rally people around your cause. Your vision should be simple enough to repeat and remember, and can identify how those around you can expect to be treated. You need a purpose to clarify your direction and that aligns with your goals and objectives. Use that to motivate, empower, and encourage learning. You need to think strategically and take specific steps. Look at the big picture and make your case. Paint a picture of the future. Understand the politics of your environment and develop a power base.

“The workshop gave all of us plenty of food for thought. Fairfield is working on the possibility of a follow-up session on leadership. Watch for announcements on CASL’s web page, listserv, newsletter and ning. The CASL professional development team is also planning for the annual fall conference in November and looking for session proposals to reflect best practices in Connecticut.

Thank you Sara Kelly Johns, Dr. Hinkley and Dr. Maloney for a valuable workshop and for answering our questions beyond the scheduled conclusion.”

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