The Public Library Association (PLA) awarded Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Supervisor at the Grand Rapids Public Library, with a fellowship to attend PLA Leadership Academy. Gleisner was one of 24 librarians across the U.S. to be selected to attend the academy March 4-8, 2013 in Chicago.
“I am honored and excited about being part of this important initiative with the Public Library Association,” remarked Gleisner. “I hope this educational experience will help to enhance what I do here at the Grand Rapids Public Library and make it an even more important building block of the Greater Grand Rapids community.”
Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change—Building Community will offer a groundbreaking focus on developing the skills needed to work with local government and community partners to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the effectiveness of library activities and programs. It will include lectures, team activities and a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers.
In his work at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Gleisner manages the Historical and Special Collections of the library. This includes all of the artifacts, manuscripts, photographs and genealogical materials. He also manages all of the historical programming for the library.