For immediate release | December 18, 2017

Application process open for 2018 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 6-9, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through March 9, 2018. Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its sixth year, the institute helps 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, it 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 past institutes highlighted a wide range of benefits, describing it as the “best professional development…related to leadership,” with a “wonderful atmosphere and congeniality among participants and between participants and facilitators.” The majority of attendees have given the ALA Leadership Institute the top rating possible in the post-event survey. Comments from past participants are on the Transforming Libraries website.

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


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance