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Deadline Approaching for WeLead Mentor Program

Posted by on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in WLA News

MADISON, Wis. – Established in 2004 by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the goal of the WeLead Task Force is to foster leadership skills in new or emerging library professionals, be they public, academic, school or special librarians.  Applications for the 2013 class of protégés and mentors are now available.  Selected participants will receive financial support to attend WLA conferences, will establish a trusted mentor/protégé relationship, and will be given professional development opportunities during the two-year commitment.

Eligible protégé applicants must be students, paraprofessionals and professionals currently in the field of library science and have demonstrated potential to be future library leaders.  To qualify for this program applicants may either 1) never been a member of the Wisconsin Library Association or 2) have been a member for three years or less (not including student memberships).  More information is available at the online application.

Since WeLead began, three classes of protégés have completed the program.  A member of the first class, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, notes,

“I appreciated and enjoyed my WeLead experience during my years as part of that initial cohort; I appreciate my WeLead experience even more now, looking back.” 

She goes on, “WeLead provided me a mentor I am still in contact with today; colleagues who became friends; a path into professional committees and further friendships I could not have anticipated; support for ideas and passions I wanted to explore but didn't know quite how to get started; in short, a beginning.”

If you’re looking for an opportunity to become more involved in a professional organization - to grow as a librarian and a leader - please consider applying for this program.  The application deadline is July 31, 2012.

For more information, please contact Pamela O’Donnell, Chair of the WeLead Task Force, by telephone, 608-263-2014, or email:

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