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Leadership Academy

In response to COVID-19 challenges, we decided that the Leadership Academy (June 3-6) and Directors' Institute (May 31 - June 3) for 2020 will not occur this year.

PALS has created a NEW multi-session virtual leadership program!
"Leading thru Challenges" begins July 15, 2020.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Saturday, June 6, 2020

Best Western Premier in Harrisburg, PA

$400 for PaLA individual members$500 for non-members*

(Bucks discount code for institutional members may be used to get member rate)

*Includes all meals, lodging, custom content, supplies and professional facilitation

*Program starts at 3 pm on Wednesday and ends at 1 pm on Saturday.

*This program has a direct value of more than $1100 per person!

*Please note: Requests for refunds/cancellations will not be processed after April 30, 2020.

Who may apply?

The Leadership Academy is specially designed for MLS/MLIS degree librarians who wish to develop their skills and learn to be leaders for their libraries. Librarians of any experience level are encouraged to apply.

What will I learn?

Participants will work closely with each other and with appointed mentors to explore what it means to be a leader and how they can make the choice to be a leader both personally and professionally. They will have the opportunity to network with other librarians and library leaders as well as a chance to participate in group projects that will benefit libraries across the state.
Please note: participation in this workshop requires a one-year commitment to assigned Leadership Academy group project.

How to apply and deadlines?

Those interested in the Leadership Academy should submit a completed application, resume, statement of interest, and letter of recommendation to no later than March 5th in order to be considered for sponsorship by a PaLA Chapter. Those receiving sponsorship elsewhere should submit all application materials as well as a letter of financial responsibility from their sponsoring organization by April 17th.

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This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Contact Us

220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-7663 Phone
717-766-5440 Fax
800-622-3308 (PA Only)