February 17, 2018

Linda Slusar | Movers & Shakers 2007




If you’ve ever attended a Soaring to Excellence teleconference, you can thank Linda Slusar, who cofounded this series of 100-plus programs featuring the library world’s top experts and innovators. If you’re a paraprofessional aiming to improve your skills, you’ve probably benefited from Slusar’s Library and Information Technology program at the College of DuPage, in person or through distance learning. (The defunct Library Mosaics gave her its ‘Supporter of Support Staff’ award in 2000 for ‘developing one of the outstanding support staff programs in the country and…outreach and alternate delivery for the program.’)

Slusar’s devotion to library education goes back to the days when she was a library clerk and shelver. She understood then that what separated her from librarians she admired was training. Having earned her MLS and worked her way up to public library director, she jumped at the chance for her ‘dream job,’ training LTAs [library technical assistants] and future librarians.

Slusar now spends her days teaching, advising students, updating course material and lesson plans, planning the next Soaring to Excellence teleconference as executive producer, keeping up with what’s going on in the profession, and ‘trying to find time to exercise.’ Working with Dominican University, she’s established scholarships for graduates of her program (at least four of them enter Dominican’s MLIS program each year). She’s also conducted a national survey of LTA programs, as part of her quest to standardize the curriculum nationwide.

Slusar has never stopped dreaming – and won’t until every LTA has the skills to claim their own ‘dream job.’




CURRENT POSITION Professor & Coordinator, Library and Information Technology Program, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

DEGREES MLS, Northern Illinois University, 1985

PLAYTIME She keeps ‘toys and things to throw around’ in her office