Two deadlines approaching for PLA Leadership Fellows program

Contact: Louisa Worthington

Public Library Association



For Immediate Release

August 19, 2008

The application deadlines for the two schools participating in the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Leadership Fellows program are quickly approaching.

Applications for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leading Organizational Change program are due to the PLA office on Sept. 1. The deadline for applicants for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Positive Change - Creating Spectacular Organizational Successes program is Sept. 12.

The fellows program offers PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States. The programs, which also include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and Columbia University Business School’s Leadership Development Program, were reviewed and chosen by the PLA Leadership Taskforce because they focus on teaching management concepts not generally learned in a library school setting.

PLA Leadership Taskforce Chair Luis Herrera said, “Leadership and change management skills are vital for our public library leaders to understand in order to move their organizations forward. We want to extend unique learning opportunities to our members who want to broaden their perspectives, enhance their leadership skills, drive change in their institutions and plan with a strategic vision.”

Each executive leadership program varies in length, as well as scope and focus, and candidates are encouraged to research the programs to determine which is best suited to their needs before applying. The PLA Leadership Fellows program will cover the cost of tuition, as well as housing and most meals. Transportation and any additional meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Candidates must be PLA members who are management staff in a public library system with a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role. Anyone interested in applying should review each program to determine which one is right for you. Selected participants will be asked to share their experience at a PLA program and provide input to the Leadership Taskforce in an effort to help shape a comprehensive leadership development program for PLA. Visit to apply.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA's core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.