New Professionals Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate - “Ten Things I Wish They Had Told Me”

Wendy Newman will present a practical view to current approaches of leadership development in Canada.  Specifically, the discussion will focus on the ten main facets of development that new professionals should undertake in the course of their early career to ensure future advancement into leadership roles. 

Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (Auditorium), 120 Metcalfe St.
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Time: 5:30 - 7:30PM

  • CLA Members:  $5
  • Non-members: $10
  • CLA Student Members : Free
  • Student non-members: $5

Register by sending your name and membership/student status to: rsvp@caslisottawa.on.ca.

Speaker's Biography:
Wendy Newman has an extensive background in library leadership and public policy advocacy in Canada.  A graduate of Queen’s University (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (B.L.S., M.L.S.), she has worked in university, education, public and special libraries and as a library educator. A passionate advocate of libraries, she has served on such national bodies as the National Broadband Task Force, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Smart Communities, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Media Awareness Network. She is a former President of the Canadian Library Association and the Canadian Association of Public Libraries, and was a three-time Mentor at the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute.

She retired at the end of 2003 as Chief Executive Officer of the Brantford Public Library, where she led the development of ground-breaking community partnerships, and was appointed Senior Fellow in 2006 at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto. As a Lecturer, her primary roles are teaching and mentoring students in the library and information science stream and serving as a liaison between the Faculty and the professional and employer communities. With an extensive background in public, university, and educational librarianship as well as public policy advocacy, she has taught Advocacy and Library Issues for several years, additionally offering the course online jointly to other Canadian library and information faculties.

Wendy was awarded the Ontario Public Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2009, and in 2004 received both the CLA’s Outstanding Service to Leadership Award and the Faculty of Information Alumni Jubilee Award. She also holds a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) for community service.

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