[March 26, 2015] The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) is offered every two years to foster the mentoring and development of members of the library community who are interested in growing leadership skills. It is a week-long summer academy and leadership retreat for early to mid-career librarians (3-15 years’ experience), paraprofessionals, Trustees and Friends of Libraries. NELLS is a valuable experience for anyone working in or connected to the library field. The symposium is jointly sponsored by the New England Library Association (NELA) and the six New England state library associations; in Rhode Island, the symposium is sponsored by the Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) and the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA).
OLIS and RILA are seeking applicants from Rhode Island for the 2015 NELLS session. Individuals interested in this immersive professional development experience are encouraged to apply. Attendees may be recommended by someone or may make their own application Each applicant must be a current member of RILA or NELA to be eligible. The deadline for applications from RI has been extended to April 6. Selected attendees will be notified in late spring.
NELLS 2015 will take place from August 3-7, 2015 at the Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center in North Andover, Massachusetts and will be facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President. Librarians, library staff and library supporters from across New England will participate. For more information on the NELLS program and to download an application form, visit the NELLS website. If you have questions about participating in the program as a RI librarian, please contact Chaichin Chen at OLIS.