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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Dear Colleagues,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">I am writing on behalf of the LLAMA Mentoring Program. As a divi<span style="color:#1F497D">s</span>ion of ALA, the Library Leadership and Management Association advances outstanding
 leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The mentoring program pairs librarians with leadership experience with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.&nbsp; The program runs from the ALA Annual Convention in
 June to April 30 of the following year.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:<br>
&#8226; explore your leadership potential<br>
&#8226; demonstrate leadership in your current position<br>
&#8226; acquire the skills, attitudes and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.<br>
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Participants must be ALA <u>and LLAMA members</u> as of the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Your involvement and activity within LLAMA means you would have a lot to offer a newer librarian. &nbsp;I'm asking you to consider signing up as Mentor. &nbsp;We received over 60 applications
 from mentees, but only 30 mentor applications. If you are willing to participate, please sign up using this form:&nbsp;
<a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.surveymonkey.com_r_5WWVLMR&amp;d=BQMFAw&amp;c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&amp;r=4bodCdozpnYAas_zf3v4no2fl4PTAdlBsPn94OkSEk8&amp;m=U0y8WJJ_NUYqPyu3GL0RlDK0Ql7gfsd6ll8h1XCksrQ&amp;s=aAy8sZBa1jlN_Qiwpg2fjnygK2OGhe1j1aINgG8axSI&amp;e=" target="_blank">
<span style="color:windowtext;text-decoration:none">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5WWVLMR</span></a>.&nbsp; Your response by&nbsp;Tuesday, February 16&nbsp;would be very much appreciated.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">If you have any questions you can reply directly to this email.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Thank you for considering this opportunity!<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Nyama<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">LLAMA Mentoring Committee Member (2014-2016)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Nyama Y. Marsh<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Library Director<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="mailto:n.marsh@wfblibrary.org">n.marsh@wfblibrary.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">414-755-6551 (direct line)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Whitefish Bay Public Library<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">5420 North Marlborough Drive<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Whitefish Bay, WI 53217<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">414-964-4380 (main line)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&quot;There are many ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.&quot; ~Jacqueline Kennedy<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:18.0pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;background:white">&#8220;Leaders don&#8217;t force people to follow &#8211; they invite them on a journey.&#8221; ~ Charles Lauer</span><span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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