Erykah Condon

Rangeley Public Library is pleased to announce that Cataloging Librarian Erykah Condon has been selected to join in the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute as part of the 2021-22 cohort. Beginning in August of 2021 this group of 30 library professionals from around the country will engage in residential, online, and conference experiences spanning 18 months to deepen their understanding of and commitment to professional values while they gain practical managerial skills.

ARSL’s Leadership Institute is unique because its students are selected from only small and/or rural libraries. Often these are “accidental librarians” who have no formal education in librarianship (in the form of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science) and few local resources for library-specific professional development. These folks came into their leadership positions from a wide variety of backgrounds and may already be in a position of authority, or they may be looking ahead to a transition of power within their organization. However they got to where they are today, they’re ready to expand their professional capabilities and grow as institutional and community leaders. Key priorities for this institute are to develop strong rural and small library leaders, give them tools to strengthen the communities they serve, and empower them to add their voices to national conversations about libraries.

As the premier organization representing rural and small libraries, ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of these libraries and is committed to providing professional development that builds capacity and excellence within this community of practice. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Science.

Erykah, who has been employed by the Rangeley Public Library since March 2020, is a 2016 graduate of Kennebunk High School. She has lived in Rangeley for the past five years. The staff and board of the Rangeley Public Library would like to congratulate Erykah on this wonderful professional growth opportunity.

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