For immediate release | January 17, 2014

Leading to the Future: Innovative Interfaces sponsors 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in August 2014. Led by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, the institute will help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

Through reflective and active learning, the institute offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts and frameworks, as well as to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time 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 2013 inaugural institute highlighted the wide range of benefits they felt the institute offered, describing it as a “life-changing time” and including that it felt like a think tank of 40 energetic, talented and visionary librarians from all types of libraries, offering much learning from fellow participants. Robin R. Clark (library director, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, Neb.) said, “It gave me direct learning tools to take back to my workplace and make an impact,” and Darlene Weber (managing librarian, Mill Creek Library, Wash.) commented, “I am better able to lead—rather than manage—my staff during a time of transition.”

The application process for the 2014 Institute (August 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.) opens on Feb. 3, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

Details and guidelines are at

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. You can find them in the exhibit hall at ALA Midwinter Meeting at booth #1631.

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