PLA accepting applications for 2017 Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/14/2016


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA), and supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the PLA Leadership Academy offers a groundbreaking focus on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials and other community stakeholders to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the overall effectiveness of library services and programs.

The Leadership Academy offers:

  • A three and a half day, in-person educational /networking event
  • A professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers
  • Development of real-world projects to implement at attendees’ libraries

PLA, with support from IMLS, has made a strong investment in leadership training for its members and, as a result, is able to waive participant registration fees for this highly selective program. Participants will be required to cover travel costs and lodging. Interested participants must apply, submit two letters of recommendation and be accepted to participate in the PLA Leadership Academy. Applicants must be PLA members and MLS/MLIS librarians with at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public library. The application deadline is September 19, 2016, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by November 30. Attendance is selective and will be limited to twenty-eight (28) participants.

The curriculum is designed by the PLA Leadership Development Committee with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and builds on PLA’s previous leadership training initiatives.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

About the Public Library Association
PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, visit or contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

About the International City/County Management Association
ICMA advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. To learn more, visit

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit