Writer: Roger Nielsen
University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby awarded graduation certificates to 22 members of the Georgia Public Library Service recently for successfully completing the Institute of Government's PINNACLE professional development program.
The ceremony, held in the Seney-Stovall Chapel on the Institute's campus, honored the second cohort selected for the Public Library Institute for New and Creative Leadership Education (PINNACLE) training program. A third class held its kickoff retreat at Lake Blackshear in mid-October.
The management development initiative is coordinated by the Institute in collaboration with the Georgia Public Library Service. The multipart curriculum covers financial management, power and influence, decision making, planning, and media relations, and culminates with participants completing a self-directed learning project applying lessons learned to a significant issue in their workplace.
Participants must hold a master of library science, a master of science in library science, or a master of library and information science degree; be currently employed in a Georgia public library; and have at least two years of professional experience.
Library personnel gave project presentations Oct. 6 during the Georgia Council of Media Organizations 2016 conference at the Classic Center in Athens. The graduation ceremony was held later the same day.
At the ceremony, State Librarian Julie Walker expressed appreciation for the Institute's work in administering the PINNACLE program and named course instructor Walt McBride an honorary librarian. "These students' hard work and dedication throughout this program has just been amazing," Walker said.
In presenting graduation certificates, Huckaby noted the importance of libraries in his own life. "I will always appreciate the libraries and librarians' effects in my educational efforts," he said.