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Participants benefit from expert facilitators and experienced mentors.

The TALL Texas Leadership Development Institute has been facilitated by Maureen Sullivan and her husband Jack Siggins for more than 20 years.

Maureen Sullivan is an organizational development consultant to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience on organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today’s workplace, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. Sullivan is currently on the faculty of the annual ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a professor of practice in the new Ph.D./Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She also facilitates several library leadership initiatives around the United States, including the ALA “Leading to the Future” and “Emerging Leaders” programs.

Maureen received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland. Sullivan is also a past president of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and LLAMA (Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association), and was President of the American Library Association in 2012-13. She is principal of the consulting firm Sullivan and Associates.

Jack Siggins recently retired as head of the Gelman Library at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where he lead since 1995. Previously he served for ten years as Deputy University Librarian at Yale University. He has also held positions at the Library of Congress, the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Chicago.

Jack received a B.A. degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University, where he concentrated on Spanish and Portuguese language and culture, and graduate degrees from American University and the University of Chicago in Far Eastern Languages and Literature, and library science. Jack served in the U.S. Army as a Japanese Language Interpreter and as a researcher for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Jack has been involved in the development and integration of automation in libraries throughout his career, from the pre-OCLC period to the present. He has served as consultant and trainer at several academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world in the areas of strategic planning, team building, resource sharing, bench-marking, organizational restructuring, building design and personnel management.

2020 Mentors

Christina Gola
TLA President (2019 – 2020)
Director, Recruitment & Organizational Learning
University Libraries, University of Houston
Dan Burgard web Dan Burgard
TLA President Elect (2020-2021)
Executive Director, Library & Information Services
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Carter Cook
Director of Library Media Services
Fort Worth ISD
Gretchen Pruett
Director
New Braunfels Public Library
Laura Sheneman
Faculty, University of West Georgia

2021 Mentors

Dan Burgard web Dan Burgard
TLA President
(2020-2021)
Executive Director, Library & Information Services
University of North Texas Health Science Center
TBD
TLA President Elect
Diane Bruxvoort
Dean of Libraries,
University of North Texas Libraries
Nora Galvan
Library Coordinator
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Dale McNeill
Assistant Director for Public Services, San Antonio Public Library
Jodi Philbrick
Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, University of North Texas
Jodi Philbrick, PhD, AHIP, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Information Science, College of Information, University of North Texas (UNT)–Denton. Philbrick teaches graduate-level courses in library and information sciences and health informatics at UNT. Prior to her faculty appointment, she was the assistant director of the Houston Program for the Department of Information Science. Philbrick’s research interests include mobile technology, virtual reference services, and professional competencies for health sciences librarians, and she has conducted research, presented, and published in these areas. She has held leadership positions in the Texas Library Association and the Medical Library Association.

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