New England Library Leadership Symposium 2011 – Now Accepting Applications!

To the New England Library Community:

The New England Library Association is accepting applications for the New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS.)  NELLS is an intensive one-week leadership retreat and training, which will be held August 8-12 at the Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover , Massachusetts .

Who can attend? NELLS students will be library professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers (trustees, friends, etc.) in mid-career (3-15 years experience in or with libraries). The attendees may be recommended by someone or may make their own application for this leadership training. Each student must be a member of his or her state association or NELA in order to apply.

What does it cost? The student’s contribution, which may be supported by the student, the student’s institution, or with a scholarship (some State Library Associations are offering scholarships,) is $400 for four nights lodging, all meals, and the program.

What is taught? The curriculum covers the following areas: getting to know your leadership style; interpersonal communication; presentation skills; managing differences; risk taking; the library within the community; using power and influence; understanding libraries as organizational systems; transforming libraries; the leader as a catalyst for change; the leader’s role as coach and mentor; and achieving your potential. Attendees develop an action plan for their future commitments.

How do I apply?  Go to the NELA website at and download the NELLS application.  It is a fairly simple application, and also requires references.  Applications are due May 17, 2011.

NELLS is supported by the New England Library Association, The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Connecticut Library Association, Maine Library Association, the Massachusetts Library Association, the New Hampshire Library Association and the Vermont Library Association.

For more information or to download an application, please go to the NELA website at .  You may also contact NELLS Co-Chairs for more information:

Krista McLeod  978-686-4080 ext 10


Janice Wilson   860-465-5550