Image of staff memberFaculty librarians at UBC Library often take on leadership roles, whether they involve serving on a working group, as the head of a Library unit or as part of the Library’s executive team. For Diana Ng, Learning Services Librarian at UBC Okanagan Library, the Minnesota Institute library leadership training program was a timely opportunity to develop fundamental expertise in leadership, organizational behavior and management. These skills will assist Ng as she pursues her career goal to enter into a managerial or supervisory role.

The program is only offered every two years and is specifically geared to academic librarians from traditionally under-represented groups. Ng was one of two Canadians selected during her training term, which had a total of 25 participants. The Minnesota Institute brings together a network of diverse library professionals from the U.S. and Canada, and helps shape and define future career paths.

For Ng, great leaders at UBC Library “are highly motivated and dedicated individuals who have exceptional competencies to make critical decisions, are a role model for others and exemplify the core values of the organization. Great leaders are also creative visionaries with the ability to see the bigger picture and think outside the box. They are able to engage and inspire staff to strive for a high standard of excellence.”

Ng aspires to make a positive contribution in her present position as Learning Services Librarian for the Southern Medical Program, and give back to UBC Library for the support she received in her professional development.

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