Director of Library Development and Innovation, Colorado State Library
Research Interests: Innovative thinking and identification of innovations salient enough to adopt, communication for motivation and articulating need and course of change, change leadership and styles that lead to constructive change and shifting perceptions, and accountability and measurement for the impact of institutional change
Sharon Morris is Director of Library Development and Innovation at the Colorado State Library and a doctoral student at Simmons College studying managerial leadership in libraries. She oversees statewide programs including consulting for youth services, school libraries, and state institutional library development. She serves as continuing education coordinator at the State Library and is current President of the ALA Learning Round Table. Her Colorado activities include serving on the Council for Library Development, Power Libraries Program Board, Reach: Leading Learning in Libraries, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Steering Committee, and CAL Leadership Committee and Institute.
Sharon has coordinated award-winning projects including the Colorado Plinkit project, the AskColorado virtual reference service, and the Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program. She was recognized in 2005 as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Additionally, Sharon has worked in library technology including statewide consulting, e-Rate, and library automation development. Her library experience also includes collection development, reference, and youth services at the Denver Public Library. She holds an MLS from Emporia State University, Phi Beta Mu, and served as Assistant to the Dean for a Colorado cohort. She holds a Masters in Arts from Colorado State University in her hometown, Fort Collins, Colorado.