The purpose of this five-day intensive training program is to foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. First held in 2003, subsequent NELLS events have taken place in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2015.
A three-day leadership program for library workers with 15 years or more experience–NELLS II–was first offered in 2016, and it is expected that the two programs will be held alternate years from now on.
NELLS 2019 is taking place August 12th – 16th, 2019 at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, North Andover, MA.
To learn more about the 2019 NELLS event, please click HERE.
Applications to open on Dec. 1st!
Deadline is March 15th!
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 library association or NELA in order to apply.
What does it cost?
There is a nominal cost to the student to participate in the Symposium. NELA and all six state associations are financially supporting NELLS to keep the costs low for the Symposium attendees. There may also be scholarships available from your state association.
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
- achieving your potential
Attendees develop an action plan for their future commitments.
A spreadsheet of past participants is available here.
For more information about NELLS, contact your state representative or a NELLS Co-Chair.
Nevins Memorial Library
Methuen, MA 01844