Statement: I’m delighted to have this opportunity. Libraries and those they serve need the strong leadership that only ALA can provide. The new strategic plan offers an excellent framework for ALA to lead in the digital world. ALA must be at the table when key decisions are made that will affect the future of intellectual freedom, access to information, literacy, and lifelong learning.
Consultant to numerous libraries of all types – academic, public, school, law, health sciences, and other special libraries – and library consortia
Started as a page in the Prince Georges Memorial Library System and later worked in Non-print Media at the University of Maryland, College Park Libraries, while in the Library Science Master degree program.
Practice focuses on: strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today’s workplace, creating a work environment that supports diversity, executive coaching and search processes, and the identification and development of competencies.
Her career history includes twelve years as the human resources administrator in the libraries at the University of Maryland (1977-1980) and at Yale University (1983-1991). She was the Management Training Specialist at the Association of Research Libraries (1980-1983).
She has presented extensively at state, regional and national library conferences on transforming libraries and librarianship, leadership, improving work relationships, creating the collaborative organization, generational synergy, cross-cultural communication, and making the case for the value of libraries.
Sullivan is past president (1998-1999) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). During her term as President, she helped establish the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is now a member of the faculty for this annual program.
She was president of the Library Administration and Management Association for the 1988-89 term.
She is currently a professor of practice in the Ph.D. program, Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience with leadership development programs in the library field. She is the principal designer and facilitator of the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute (Texas Library Association), the New Jersey Academy of Library Leadership, the Iowa Library Association Leadership Institute, the Michigan Library Association Leadership Academy, the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute, and the New England Library Leadership Symposium (sponsored by the New England Library Association).
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) engaged her to serve as the Learning Community Director for both offerings of its ULC Scholars: Librarians for America’s Neighborhoods program. She also served as the evaluator of ULC’s first Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).
The Chicago Public Library invited her to be the 2006 Charlotte Kim Scholar in Residence. In that role she introduced the administrators, managers and staff of the library system to appreciative inquiry as a means to achieve positive change.
She was the 2010 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
She was the recipient of the American Library Association’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 1999.
Co-author, with Robert D. Stueart, of Developing Library Leaders (Neal-Schuman, 2010)
American Library Association Service includes:
Co-chair, ALA President Roberta Stevens’ initiative, Our Authors, Our Advocates
Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Initiative, 2006-2008
Member, Core Values Task Force, 2000-2004
Member, Competencies for Librarians Task Force, 2000-2002
Chair, Office for Library Personnel Resources Advisory Committee, 1991-93
Chair, Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Board, 1989-1995
Chair, H. W. Wilson Staff Development Award Jury, 1985
Member, ALA Nominations Committee, 1986
Member, President’s Program Planning Committee for the 1989 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas
Member, Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award Jury, 1993-1997
Association of College and Research Libraries
Library Administration and Management Association