Director of Library Development and Innovation, Colorado State Library
Research Interests: Personal values and defining moments as mechanisms for library leadership development and excellence, responsible leadership, adaptive leadership, and emotional intelligence.
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 also is adjunct faculty at the University of Denver. She oversees statewide programs including consulting for youth services, school libraries, public library development, and continuing education for library staff. She serves on state and national committees related to leadership, staff development, school librarianship, early literacy and other library development topics.
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.