2007 Library News

Leadership MLS
Graduates Class of 2007

LogoBreak out the caps and gowns.  Cue the Elgar march. 

“Leadership MLS,” a program designed to prepare young members of the Metropolitan Library System staff for their futures as professionals, graduated the class of 2007 on December 19.  The eight members of the class included Julie Ballou (materials selector), Kellie Bradford (planning services specialist), Kelley Hoffman (benefits manager), Heidi Port (volunteer coordinator), John Utley (computer operations supervisor), Sam Weehunt (librarian), Emily Williams (young adult services coordinator), and Kristin Williamson (associate librarian).

“We hope that every one of our graduates will stay with the Metropolitan Library System for their careers,” said MLS Employment Development Coordinator Stacy Schrank, “but that commitment wasn’t one of the criteria by which we selected this great group.  We looked for those work and character traits that let us know each of them was a bright and hard worker with an eye to the future.”

The Leadership MLS team has been meeting for several months to discover things about themselves and their colleagues that were both surprising and worthy of development.

“Being able to work with such dedicated, motivated, enthusiastic people has been the highlight of my experience with Leadership MLS,” said Emily Williams. “By playing off each others strengths, I think our group was able to develop projects that will truly benefit the library system. I know we will continue to be a source of support and guidance for each other as we set our goals for the future.”    

“One of the greatest benefits of the Leadership program is the opportunity it provides for everyone to step out of their own corner of the library system and learn more about how the rest of the system works,” added Julie Ballou. 

            The Metropolitan Library System congratulates all graduates of its Leadership MLS program for 2007.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org