PLA Leadership Academy
Navigating Change • Building Community
March 20–24, 2017
The PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community is a program developed in partnership with the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This career-changing event for public librarians is designed to empower participants with the knowledge necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. It offers a groundbreaking focus on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the effectiveness of library activities and programs.
The PLA Leadership Academy consists of:
An Immersive In-Person Event
The centerpiece of the PLA Leadership Academy is a dynamic in-person event, three and a half days of interactive education and colleague networking that will offer thought-provoking lectures and breakout discussions. Content will focus on:
- Becoming an effective change agent;
- Managing and sustaining “big picture” library projects;
- Developing library programs aligned with key municipal goals; and
- Understanding how nonprofit and commercial sectors can support each other
Evenings will feature engaging opportunities to connect with fellow attendees.
Unique City/County Management Perspective
The PLA Leadership Academy sets itself apart through partnership with ICMA to provide valuable education on the politics, power structure, and trends of city and county management.
Professional Coach Program
A corps of coaches has been chosen from among experienced public library leaders and city managers to participate in the workshop, providing professional insight and support with one coach for every four attendees.
Each attendee will be required to propose a project to later implement at his or her library. The projects should be designed to exemplify the academy curriculum, integrating library and city goals while influencing larger library initiatives, i.e. literacy, economic development, immigrant integration, etc.
As a result of participating in the PLA Leadership Academy, applicants will:
- Understand the nature of effective leadership in public libraries and the context in which that leadership will be needed in the coming years;
- Build personal leadership awareness and effectiveness;
- Understand the opportunities for and challenges of civic engagement, including skills for effective community partnerships;
- Form a long term, sustainable mentoring network with colleagues and other experienced leaders; and
- Know how to apply the above in the context of their particular library and community.
- Carolyn Anthony – former director (retired), Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
- Audra Caplan – former director (retired), Hartford County (Md.) Public Library
- Karen Danczak Lyons – director, Evanston (Ill.) Public Library
- Liz Miller – former assistant city manager (retired), Tuscon, Ariz.
- Raymond Santiago – former director (retired), Miami-Dade (Fla.) Public Library
- David Singleton – director, Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library
- Felton Thomas – director, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library
Interested participants must apply and be accepted to participate in the PLA Leadership Academy. Applicants must:
- Have at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public library
- Be MLS/MLIS librarians
- Be PLA members
The deadline to submit an application and letters of recommendation has now passed. Applicants will receive an update on their status on November 30, 2016. Attendance is selective and will be limited to 28.
Want to be alerted when we begin accepting applications for the next PLA Leadership Academy? Please submit your name and e-mail address to be notified.
PLA, with support from IMLS, has made a strong investment in leadership training for our members and, as a result, is able to waive participant registration fees for this program. Participants are required to pay for their own travel and lodging at the RiverPlace Hotel (four nights at $190 per night for the standard deluxe room, plus 14.5% Oregon occupancy tax). All meals will be provided.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Charmin Members, Manager, Leadership Development Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5859.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.