PLA Leadership Academy

PLA Leadership Academy logoPast PLA Leadership Academies

The PLA Leadership Academy was developed with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant and in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Past academies offered 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. It included a three-and-a-half day, in-person educational/networking event; a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers; and development of real-world projects to implement at attendees’ libraries.

2017 Leadership Academies

With support from a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant and in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the most recent PLA Leadership Academy took place December 4–8, 2017, in Chicago, IL. See a list of participants.

The previous Leadership Academy was presented March 20–24, 2017, in Portland, OR. See a list of participants.

2015 Leadership Academy

The second Leadership Academy was presented in spring 2015. See a list of participants.

2013 Leadership Academy

PLA’s first Leadership Academy was presented in spring 2013. Some of the fellows from the pilot academy contributed statements about putting leadership education into practice back at their libraries. We’ve selected a few to offer an idea of what’s possible when library professionals become leaders not only in their libraries, but also in their communities.

  • Martha Baden, Prescott (AZ) Public Library
  • Michael Beck, formerly Scottsdale (AZ) Public Library, currently Glendale (AZ) Public Library
  • Toby Greenwalt, formerly Skokie (IL) Public Library, currently Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Michelle Jeske, Denver (CO) Public Library