PLA Leadership Fellow Awardees Announced

Contact: Louisa Worthington

PLA, Marketing Manager



For Immediate Release

October 21, 2008

The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded its first PLA Leadership Fellows scholarships.

Chris Bates, senior manager of library experiences at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina has been selected to attend the Leading Organizational Change program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Lynn Hoffman, information services coordinator at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been selected to attend Positive Leadership: Creating Spectacular Organizational Successes at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

The innovative PLA Leadership Fellows program helps develop leaders in public libraries by offering public library managers who belong to PLA a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities. It covers the cost of tuition and housing, as well a most meals - transportation and any additional meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Candidates must be PLA members employed as 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 the PLA website at for more information and to apply.

In addition to the programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, the fellowship also provides scholarships to attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Leadership Development Program at Columbus University’s Business School. Applications are currently being accepted for the programs at Harvard University and Columbia University.

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.