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The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute began in 2000


The 2018 Institute will be held in Lander, WY on July 19th and 20th at the local Community College Campus. Those selected will be scheduled to arrive on the 18th and will be staying at a local hotel that night and the next. Accommodations will be paid for by the institute.

On the evening of the 18th, the group will meet together at the hotel for supper and to discuss the following day’s events.

We have a spectacular keynote speaker lined up for the mornings of the 19th and 20th (more information to come) and the afternoon sessions will be full of guest speakers and activities.

Meals will be provided for from the evening of the 18th to lunch on the 20th.

Our main focus this year is Teamwork and Leadership. We are extremely excited about the direction this Institute is taking and highly urge you to apply!

Point of contact:

Tasha Reeves

Fremont County Library - Lander, Main Branch


[email protected]

Click Here to Apply


Lodging, materials and meals will be provided from the evening of the 18th to lunch on the 20th.  
Cost to the attendee will be travel to and from the institute 

Is this right for you? 

You could be new in the field, or you could have an established career. You could work in a school, academic, special or public library. The Institute is the place for you as long as you have the necessary spark to lead the Wyoming libraries of tomorrow!
The Library Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community.
The institute is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It is not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration.

  Application Process

Interested individuals should consider applying if they want to learn more about leadership potential and style. 
The application process is competitive. 8-10 will be selected to attend, and those attending are expected to take future committee and leadership responsibilities in the Wyoming Library Association (WLA), WYLD Network, educational committees and other library initiatives.

Individuals associated with all types of libraries (academic, public, school and special) are invited to apply. Trustees, support staff, paraprofessionals, library media specialists and librarians are eligible (trustees must have at least one year remaining in the term of his or her appointment at the time the institute is held). Your leadership role in the Wyoming library community is not based on job title.

 To apply:  WLLI Institute

Questions should be directed to Tasha Reeves - (307) 332-5194 or [email protected]


Library Leadership Institute (LLI) provides an opportunity for librarians and others associated with libraries to learn about leadership potential.

These acquired skills will be used to benefit their library, community and library association involvement. The program was developed because there was a recognized need to cultivate library leaders, which prompted the Wyoming State Library (WSL) to seek funding for the institute.

In early 2001, the State Library received a two-year Carol McMurry Library Endowment grant to create a leadership institute with the goal of developing leaders within the library community.

Through a competitive application process, sixteen individuals were selected for the first institute. Those attendees represented a cross section of employees including paraprofessionals, directors, support staff, library media specialists and special librarians. The speakers at the first institute were Jep Enck, of Enck Resources in Fort Collins, Colo., and John Kanengieter and Missy White from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander.

Topics for the institute included a personality inventory, leadership skill building, teambuilding principles, communication skills, leadership and decision-making styles and conflict exploration.

When asked about the experience, Valerie Roady, library media specialist for the Big Horn County School District commented, "There were lots of ideas and ways to 'get us going.

"I am now much more visible and more vocal. I only wish I'd had it years ago."

After the institute, the attendees were sent follow-up evaluations. These provided an opportunity to reflect back on their experiences from the institute.

Cynthia Twing, Johnson County library director, said, "The first Library Leadership Institute was a benchmark for me personally and professionally. The foundation for building my own leadership skills was laid. I will be forever grateful for the encouragement and confidence the institute has inspired."

Because the 2001 speakers were so well received, they were invited back for the 2002 institute. The 2002 institute had 11 attendees.

The focus for the institute was the same, but many of the activities were different. Marci Mock, circulation manager at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, commented on the 2002 institute, "It was a great chance to gather with peers and to realize we all share common leadership challenges. It was also nice to have the variety of libraries and levels of leadership represented at the institute."

Dale Collum, Uinta County library director, attended the 2001 institute, and then received the opportunity to become a planner for the 2002 institute. He was able to see the similarities and differences between the two programs and after the 2002 institute said, "I enjoyed LLI again this year. The presenters were good for the second year, and I learned several things this year that were different from last year. Apart from the training, one of the great things is the opportunity to network and get to know people from other libraries. It will help us share ideas."

The initial institute was planned by the Education and Leadership subcommittee of the Resource Sharing Council and the Wyoming State Library. The committee included Chris Van Burgh, Bobbi Thorpe and Jerry Krois of the State Library, Crystal Stratton of the Laramie County Community College Library, and Frances Clymer of the McCracken Research Library. Keith Cottam, former director of the University of Wyoming Libraries was a planner for the 2001 institute, but was replaced in 2002 by Karen Lange. Dale Collum was added to the committee in 2002.

Following the second year's Institute a reunion/refresher/strategic planning session was held in Lander. All LLI graduates were invited to attend. With the assistance of a consultant, and following a unanimous vote to continue the Institute, plans were laid for future Institutes. Three committees were formed: planning, application, and alumni. In 2003 the Carol McMurry Library Endowment awarded funding for another two years of the Institute.

Former LLI planner, Chris Van Burgh, is very proud of the Library Leadership Institute. She explained, "I think this is a great program, and it needs to be continued. We have brought together this group of interested and dedicated people. As a state we need to utilize their leadership skills, commitment and enthusiasm. It will be wonderful if we can continue the leadership institute, as it will bring more participants together, instruct leadership skills and foster a sense of community and confidence."


2001 Graduates

Deb Adams
Marylou Bowles-Banks
Pat Brose
Dale Collum
Michelle DeSalvo
Carolyn Groves-Winkler
Sukie Hohl
Jenny Ingram
Katie Jones
Scott Kinney
Sue Knesel
Richard Landreth
Trish Palluck
Debora Person
Valerie Roady
Cynthia Twing

2001 Photos

 2002 Graduates

Debbie Buchmeier
Kent Fiske
Becky Hawkins
Marilyn Heiner
Roseanne Jellins
Erin Kinney
Tobi Liedes-Bell
Michelle Maser
Marci Mock
Paul Pidde
Shelley Ramon

2002 Photos

 2003 Graduates

Ara Anderson
Teresa Authier
Gloria Brodle
Kirsten Corbett
Mitzi Gligorea
Gloria Hicks
Kim Jones
Richard Landreth
Debi Morley
Suzanne Morlock
Barbara Oakleaf
Becky Packer
Cynthia Riedel
Kyan Rios
Jan Segerstrom
Kashawna White

2003 Photos

 2004 Graduates

Gayle Chadwick
Jackie Darnall
Julie Edwards
Elaine Hayes
Kirk Hissam
Ruth Hitchcock
Tracey Kinnaman
Lori Lewis
Keith Manecke
Diane Martin
Deborah McCarthy
Peg Parkison
Kurt Plagge
Genevieve Schlekeway
Cheryl Wright

2004 Photos

 2005 Graduates

Cheryl Confer
Carmela Conning
Lisa Daly
Greg Ebare
Sue Hollingshead
Katy Jost
Karen Kitchens
Deb Lanthier
Jerri Lynn Liechty
Jill Mackey
Edie Phillips
Ann Stowe

2005 Photos

 2006 Graduates

Jeff Adams 
Andy Angstrom 
Mary Gillis 
Deb Kelly 
Meg Martin 
Sharon Mikesell 
Nancy Miller 
Betsy Moore 
Cindy Moore 
Barbara Osborne

2006 Photos

 2007 Graduates

Ara Anderson 
Gloria Brodle 
Cheryl Confer 
Katy Jost 
Sue Knesel 
Jerri Liechty 
Deborah McCarthy 
Betsy Moore 
Peg Parkison 
Jan Segerstrom 
Cynthia Twing 
Cheryl Wright

2007 Photos

 2008 Graduates

Ron Gerber 
Troy Rumpf 
Maggie Sullivan 
Deborah Bassett 
Michelle Kallas 
Lori Clark-Erickson 
Ron Chesmore 
Sharon Porter 
Mary Wegher 
Julie Stetson 
Susan Vittitow

2008 Photos

 2011 Graduates

Megan Herold 
Michelle Humber
Amy Cahill
Anita Weisheit
Rebecca Lehman
Jennifer McIntosh
Katrina Brown
Katie Bray
Meghan Kelly
Darcy Acord
Karen Jean Funk
Rebecca Jones

2011 Photos

 2013 Graduates

Abigail Beaver
Megan Bietz
Rita Heath
Sara Kuhbacher
Laura Miller
Katie Rahman
Anna Smedts
Bonnie Stahla
Anna Veinbergs
Rachael Yates

2013 Photos

2015 Graduates

Brian Greene
Sheryll Hampton
Patty Kearnes
Jacqueline Kramer
Tasha Reeves
Maria Ricks
Tekla Slider
Jacque Moran Strike 
Johanna Tuttle
Ashly Jo Will

2015 Photos

 2018 Graduates

Anna Smedts    

Tasha Reeves                     

Doug Loughry                    

Danielle Price                   

Valerie Maginis                 

Rachael Svoboda               

Kimberly Heaster             

Laura Miller                         

Jana Marie Reade             

Kyouhee Choi Berger       

Dana Urman                   

Devin Hodgins                    

Jennifer Kofoed               

Thomas Ivie                         

Helen Pugsley                     

Becky Prelle                        



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