Applications due April 15 for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

Tue, 03/15/2016


JoAnne Kempf
Director, Office of ALA Governance
Office of ALA Governance

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute is designed to help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

Building on the success of the past three ALA Leadership Institutes, and with support from Innovative Interfaces, Inc., the four-day immersive leadership development program for up to 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA past-president Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

The application form as well as details and guidelines are available on the Transforming Libraries website. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

Through reflective and active learning, the institute offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Participants in the past three institutes “can’t sing the praises of the institute enough.”  They report gaining the “confidence to become more comfortable networking, get involved in my [local] library association, and seek out new career opportunities” and becoming “a stronger mentor to my staff and utilizing a leadership style which is both inclusive and inspiring.”  The consensus is that the institute “inspires confidence and encourages attendees to pursue leadership opportunities they might not have done otherwise.”

Application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016. Support for the institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.