Leadership and Innovation

Students are innovative, ethical, problem-solvers able to lead and manage through communication, collaboration, and reflection.

I.a. Students are able to evaluate critically, reflect, and problem-solve individually as well as collaboratively.

LIS 6511 Collection Development

Final Selection of Materials

Collection Development was the class that I found to be most intimidating when I started the program. My business background has made me very concerned about wasting money. I was concerned that my choices could be ignored or unwanted, while other materials that I passed on would be in great demand.

My team was amazing. As we progressed through the semester, I found myself taking more of a leadership role in the group. I was nearing the end of my program and had more experience with developing Needs Assessments and creating multiple types of surveys. Initially I was hesitant to take the lead. As I provided structure to my team's process, they took my outlines and schedules and brought them to life.

The systematic approaches that were presented in class made me much more confident. As I have built the media center at my current high school, I have relied on the methodologies that we learned in class. The outcomes have been impressive!

While I was initially intimidated by the class, that was the semester when I felt I could transition from saying "I want to be a Librarian," to "I am a Librarian."

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I.b. Students demonstrate effective communication skills.


Major Paper

Learning about "Library Administration" was my primary interest in starting the MLIS program. This class offered me the opportunity to learn more about the delicate balancing act of running a library in today's dynamic workplace. There are so many parts that must work together in unison. Meanwhile, the library is undergoing huge, dynamic transitions. As with all aspects of current the workforce and society, change has become the norm. Our classwork and individual work with our professor for the Major Paper helped me prepare to navigate these difficult changes relying on communication.

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I.c. Students participate in professional and community engagement activities in the field.

Co-curricular: FLA Library Legislative Day

At the urging of one of my professors, Dr. McCook, I participated in the Florida Library Association (FLA) Library Legislative Day in Tallahassee in January 2022. I set up appointments with my local elected officials. I coordinated with other librarians from Pinellas County. We met with our local leaders and advocated for increased funding for libraries. It was a wonderful experience!

I learned so much in those two days. Library leaders explained practical ways that funding sources are supplied to library systems. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the leaders of our profession in Florida. Hearing about their processes for advocating for libraries, as well as their day-to-day experiences at all levels of leadership was an invaluable experience. I am so grateful to my USF MLIS community to for bringing the experience to me.

I.d. Students demonstrate leadership skills and innovation in a diverse and global environment.

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LIS 6511 Collection Development

Needs Assessment

Working with my team to create a needs assessment for our community library provided me the opportunity to reflect on the various ways that the library can address the needs of our communities. Our society is dynamic and our patrons are changing. With these updates, the changes are reflected in their changing needs.


Major Paper

Today's library is a fast moving, dynamic organization. I had not considered the implications of so many interconnected departments that are constantly changing. In my Library Administration class, we examined the history of many management theories that I learned about while earning my MBA. This was especially interesting in light of today's libraries. One tool that I have often used in my business background and my personal life is the "Gantt Chart." My Library Administration class offered me the opportunity to do a deep dive into the origins of this methodology and the ways that it is being implemented in today's project planning in libraries.

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