2012 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Awardee

June 22nd, 2012

Cleveland Public Library's Cindy Lombardo Receives the 2012 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) presented Ms. Cindy Lombardo, Deputy Director and Chief Operations Officer of the Cleveland Public Library (OH), with the 2012 Joey Rodger Leadership Award at their Annual Membership Meeting on June 22 in Newport Beach, California.

ULC’s annual Joey Rodger Leadership Award, in the amount of $5,000, provides a director or senior manager of a ULC member library with an opportunity to strengthen his/her skills through a structured professional development undertaking. The award may be used to attend an established leadership development program or pursue an individualized program that involves working with a leadership development expert/mentor.

Lombardo will utilize the leadership award to attend the Brookings Institution’s Leadership Lab, an intensive, five-day residential immersion educational experience that focuses on the core executive topics of team building, problem-solving, partnering, political savvy, and public service motivation.

"Under the vision and leadership of CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. the Cleveland Public Library is evolving from being a library focused on transactions to becoming a community deficit fighter engaged in transformation,” said Cindy Lombardo. “I look forward to bringing back best practices and strategies from the Brookings Institution to share with the Library's leadership team, Board of Trustees and staff as we move forward together to create the urban public library for the future."

The Joey Rodger Leadership Award was established in 2004 to honor ULC’s first full-time chief executive officer and president, Eleanor Jo “Joey” Rodger. The award pays tribute to Rodger’s dedication to leadership in the public library and her support of library leaders.

“We are delighted to recognize and support Cindy’s leadership development and provide her with the opportunity to increase her knowledge of the qualities and characteristics of transformative leadership in the 21st century,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “Cindy is already a recognized leader and this award supports her commitment to learning and continuous development as a leader.”