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How to Participate in PALS

Who and How to Attend PALS:

Ideally, PaLA would like each PaLA Chapter/Division to send 2 librarians to the program, providing 16 participants.  The program itself will have 20-24 total participants, leaving several open slots.  To fill these additional slots, any person or organization can nominate a librarian, including self nomination.  Those nominating librarians for the program are responsible for funding that individual to attend.  By having the Chapters send librarians and allowing for open nominations, the program will include a good mix of librarians from throughout state, as well as academic, public and special librarians. 


The criteria for 2015:

  • Degreed Librarian (must have the degree before attending program)
  • 6 or less years experience
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Has leadership "spark"
  • Must be willing to remain at the hotel for the duration of the PALS workshop, including overnight
  • Must be willing to provide service to PaLA and the profession after completing the program
  • PaLA membership is not required to apply or attend, but will be required upon graduation from the program

Nomination Process:

PaLA Chapters, Divisions, and Roundtables

One of the goals is to increase participation at the Chapter, Division, and Roundtable level within PaLA.  To this end, Chapters, Divisions, and Roundtables are encouraged to send one or two individuals to PALS.  Chapters, Divisions, and Roundtables are encouraged to develop their own process to select librarians to send to PALS.    

Open Nomination Process

Open Nominations are also accepted from organizations, libraries, library systems, as well as from individuals themselves.  The open nominations will be reviewed by the Leadership Development Committee.  Librarians that attend PALS through the open process are still required to provide service to PaLA following graduation.  


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