Chattanooga Public Library Director Receives 2013 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award

July 8th, 2013

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Corinne_HillJuly 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) – The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has presented Library Director Corinne Hill with the 2013 Joey Rodger Leadership Award.  

The 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 skills through a structured professional development program.     

Ms. Hill has been the executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library since March 2012. She is widely regarded as a thought leader on the future of public libraries. She recently addressed the Federal Communications Commission during the 2013 Broadband Summit and was a presenter at the Next Library 2013 Conference in Denmark, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Hill serves on the governing board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Ms. Hill is a current member of American Library Association, Public Library Association and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos.

With her Joey Rodger Leadership Award, Ms. Hill will attend the University of Houston’s Strategic Foresight program where she plans to focus on transformational change and collaborative leadership skills.

Accepting the award, Ms. Hill says that she is encouraged to receive support from ULC at such an exciting time in  Chattanooga Public Library’s transformation. “We are on the frontier of so many critical changes. I am looking forward to returning from the Strategic Foresight program armed with sharper tools and strategies to share with Chattanooga’s leadership team as we continue our commitment to be change agents for 21st century libraries.”

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 Corinne Hill’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. “She is already a recognized leader, and this award supports her commitment to learning and continuous development as a leader.”

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