Thanks to recommendations from Town Manager Don Turner, Milton Public Library Board President Lisa Barron, and Friends of Milton Library President Shelly Hitchcox, I’ve been chosen as one of four Vermonters to attend the New England Library Leadership Symposium.

The five-day training in Massachusetts this month will cover topics including leadership styles, interpersonal communication, managing differences, the leader’s role as coach and mentor, the leader as a catalyst for change, the library within the community, and transforming libraries. I am honored and excited.

In preparation for the symposium, attendees received a recommended reading list.  It’s not something we’ve been asked to accomplish in advance, but to pursue going forward.  I thought the list would be of interest and benefit to others in our community, so I decided to share it as this month’s Book Bits.

The Discover Your True North Fieldbook by Nick Craig, et al., 2015.

Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work by Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos, 2016.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman, 2015.

Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig, 2017.

Lead 4 Success: Learn the Essentials of True Leadership by George Hallenbeck, 2016.

Learning Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, 2016.

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges and Susan Bridges, 2017.

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ronald Heifetz, et al., 2009

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek, 2011.

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor by Warren Bennis, et al., 2013.

Look for these books at Milton Public Library.

This column by libray director Susan Larson was first published in the print edtion of the Milton Independent.  It is reprinted here with permission.