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NCLA Leadership Institute

October 26-30, 2008
The Summit at Haw River State Park, NC

Biographical Sketch of Leland Park,
NCLA Leadership Institute Mentor

Leland M. Park joined the staff of the Davidson College Library in 1967 as Head of Reference and Student Personnel, and in 1975 was made Library Director, a position he held for 31 years, retiring in 2006.

Leland is a native of Orlando, Florida, received his A.B. degree in Political Science from Davidson College, his Masters in Librarianship from Emory University, and an Advanced Masters and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He is a Continuing Life Member of ALA, a member of SELA and NCLA. While editor of the Southeastern Librarian, the journal won the national H. W. Wilson Library Periodical Award given by ALA. He was president of NCLA and served on many committees including a founding member of the NCLA Endowment Committee. On the state level he was chair of the State Library Commission and Chair of the LSCA Advisory Committee. As a founding member of the NC-LIVE Librarians Council, he represented the independent colleges and universities of the state, serving until 2006. He has been an evaluator for SACS and conducted many building and management consultancies and external reviews for academic libraries. After his election to the SOLINET Board, he served as vice chair during that term. Gov. Jas. G. Martin awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Before going into the Army, Leland served for one year as a reference librarian at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, which he says gave him his strong commitment to patron service and staff collegiality.. During his tenure as library director at Davidson College, Leland was responsible for the design of the E.H. Little Library, working with an expanded staff which introduced an effective library instruction program, automation of services, and grew an endowed book program to almost $8 million dollars.

 

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