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Two UMD librarians selected for national leadership institute

Nathan Putnam and Timothy Hackman of the University of Maryland Libraries are two of only 38 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool to participate in Leading to the Future, a four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders offered in August by the American Library Association (ALA).


Timothy Hackman (above, left), Head of Resource Sharing and Access Services, has been with the UMD Libraries since 2002, first as a branch librarian for the College of Information Studies (now the iSchool), then as a subject specialist librarian for English and Linguistics. He took over his current position in 2012, where he oversees some of the Libraries’ most visible public services, including circulation, interlibrary loan, course reserves, late-night study, and more. He holds his Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, both from the University of Maryland. 

Nathan Putnam, Head of Metadata Services, has been with the UMD Libraries since 2013, and previously was Head of Resource Description and Metadata Services at George Mason University. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. He holds his Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master in Music from Michigan State University.

The ALA Leadership Institute’s selection committee looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, or special library), professional responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement, and community or campus involvement.  Participants are expected to return to their library equipped with new skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in the communities they serve, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which benefit everyone.

Led by leadership experts Maureen Sullivan (2012–2013 ALA President) and Kathryn Deiss (Content Strategist for the Association of College and Research Libraries), the institute takes place in August and is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills so they can better help the libraries and the communities they serve thrive in a future that promises continued turbulence and uncertainty. 


About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.