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PLA Leadership Academy - application deadline is 11/28/12

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, US/Central


Letters of recommendation and online application

The deadline of 11/28/12 is NOT a postmark deadline. Materials should arrive at PLA by 11/28/12, please.


You may collect scans/pdfs and faxed letters from your references and then mail them to PLA. The deadline is the 28th. We'll be reasonable about accepting letters after the 28th due to mail delays- there are snowstorms in Nov. after all. Everyone's to please mail them as soon as possible. Mail to:

PLA Leadership Academy
Public Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Dear PLA Leader Community,

We want to let you know about a new opportunity to consider or to share with colleagues—the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 5-8, 2013, in Chicago. Applications are now being accepted to attend this inaugural event that promises to offer empowering leadership education for public librarians. Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA), the PLA Leadership Academy promises a unique focus on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials and other community stakeholders to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the overall effectiveness of library services and programs.

The PLA Leadership Academy offers:

  • A three and a half day, in-person educational/networking event;
  • A professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers
  • Online events that will build on the in-person experience
  • Development of real-world projects to implement at attendees’ libraries

For this pilot program, registration fees (valued at $2,500) are waived and all meals will be provided; however participants will be required to cover travel costs and lodging at the Union League Club, Chicago. Interested participants must apply, submit three letters of recommendation and be accepted to participate in the PLA Leadership Academy. Applicants must be MLS/MLIS librarians with at least five years of increasingly responsible experience. The application deadline is Nov. 28, 2012, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on Dec. 19. Attendance is selective and will be limited to 24.

The PLA Leadership Academy is a pilot project developed with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant with the intent to design a leadership training model that enhances the capacity of libraries to advance community goals and to be active change agents in communities across the United States. The PLA Leadership Academy will be assessed for effectiveness and sustainability. The curriculum is designed by the PLA Leadership Task Force with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and builds on PLA’s previous leadership training initiatives.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at pla@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

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Steven Hofmann
Manager, Web Communications
Public Library Association
312-280-5047 | 800-545-2433 x5047 | www.pla.orgwww.placonference.org