With over 30 years of experience working in academic, public, school and special libraries, Dr. Donna Brockmeyer owns the service and does the primary consulting. Brockmeyer Library Consulting has started operations in Saskatoon to meet the new and evolving needs of libraries, librarians and individuals. To meet client expectations, she works with all stakeholders as well as with experts both within the library and the community. She believes that we are all called now to plan together, work together and grow together, in a just and fair way, because we are all in this together. For more information, connect with Donna here.
My doctoral degree examined leadership, administration and policy within a variety of educational settings, for those from childhood onward, including life-long learning. It included the exploration of types of leadership and governance models, ethics in educational leadership, and the purpose and the social construction of educational policy within various institutions. In that, it explored issues of race, class, gender, disparity suffered by the disadvantaged, and the educational and creative needs from childhood to adulthood within public educational institutions.
The purpose of my dissertation was to capture, describe and interpret an adult educational leadership institute that moves learners in an emotional, soulful and spiritual way. This research was explored within an adult education framework. It indicated that soul in education is nurtured through: relationships with mentors, peers and the self to enhance a feeling of self-respect; the creation and experience of a caring community; the recognition and honoring of different faith communities; equiable opportunities for those from different economic backgrounds; the opportunity for creativity and the use of the imagination; and, the critical importance of feeling a sense of belonging to a community in a meaningful way. The book "On Sibyl's Shoulders: Seeking Soul in Library Leadership" was premised upon this research.
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Tribute: Dr. Donna Brockmeyer, written by: Donna Canevari de Paredes, Librarian, U of S, February 18, 2020:
Tribute: Dr. Donna Brockmeyer, written by: Chris Adams, Librarian, U of S, February 18, 2020:
If one could step back through the last 20 years as you enter St. Thomas More’s Shannon Library, and see what the Library used to be, while at the same time see what it has become, what would jump out at you??
So as you stand here before these windows you turn and look back at this lovely tribute to academia and its users – students, staff and its faculty – you realize that none of this would have been possible without the vision, drive, and dedication of Dr. Donna Brockmeyer, Director of Shannon Library. All of this, and more, was achieved under her 20 plus year tenure as the sole Librarian for, and Director of, STM’s Shannon Library.