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Award Report: MAR Leadership Institute–Upstate University Health System

During this award period, the MAR Leadership Institute (MAR-LI) planning committee offered four in-person leadership institutes: Developing Leaders Among Us (16 attendees), Writing for Leaders (15 attendees), Advocacy for Leaders (68 attendees), and Present with Confidence: Tips & Tricks for Spontaneous and High Impact Speeches (35 attendees), one more institute than originally planned. MAR-LI also maintained a webpage during the award period. Unfortunately, the planning committee was not able to implement the learning community as originally planned. In order to facilitate the planning and presentation of the fourth institute, and due to conflicts that arose for two members of the planning committee, the planning committee was expanded to include three additional members from NN/LM MAR member libraries.

Participants in MAR-LI institutes represented a variety of geographic areas: Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Toronto, Canada. Participants also represented a variety of health affiliations: academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, public health libraries, public libraries, doctoral granting university libraries, and library services organizations. Six attendees represented minority populations. Positive evaluations suggest the institutes were successful. The programmatic activities enhanced skills necessary to improve participants’ leadership effectiveness. Participants learned techniques to improve effectiveness as supervisors and as direct reports; the impact of writing; their ability to advocate successfully on behalf of themselves, their staff, and their library; and the effectiveness of a spontaneous/planned “5 minute elevator speech.” Participants also had opportunities to network with each other, learn about events in the MAR service area, and even to volunteer to join the MAR-LI planning committee. The MAR-LI planning committee continues to pursue additional topics and funding for future leadership events.

Cristina Pope, Director
UPSTATE University Health System, Health Sciences Library


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