The ALA Leadership Institute (Winter 2014)

graphic showing one person leading the way by creative commons flickr user nist6dhHave you been looking to boost your leadership skills? Perhaps you aim to become a library leader someday. The American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute may be just the right thing for you. Led by ALA President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, this four-day immersion program is meant to improve participants’ leadership skills, and will cover topics like:

  • Power and influence
  • Leading in turbulent times
  • Creating a culture of inclusion, innovation, and transformation

The winter 2014 issue of YALS includes an article by Jamie Watson on her experience as a part of last year’s Institute. It’s clear from Watson’s participation in the program that she gained skills that she is able to use in her work at the Baltimore County Library.

From my personal experience, having Deiss as my class of emerging leaders’ group speaker in 2013, this leadership program should be a treat. The content covered by Diess for the emerging leader group was very well organized. The topics were laid out strategically to help us think creatively about our professional goals and impact, and to help us understand how to make commitments to the things we felt we needed to improve in order to meet our goals.

Both self-nominated and employer-nominated library workers may complete the ALA Leadership Institute application, which is available from February 3, 2014 through April 25, 2014. You can get more information about selection criteria and see what past participants are saying about the Leadership Institute.

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