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Directors' Institute

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.


Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Wednesday, June 3, 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 Sunday and ends at 1 pm on Wednesday.

*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 Directors’ Institute is specially designed for library directors, assistant directors, and branch managers. There is no degree requirement for this workshop, and directors of any experience level are welcome to apply to develop their leadership skills.

What will I learn?

Participants will work closely with each other and appointed mentors to explore what it means to be both a library director and a library leader. Special sessions with the Office of Commonwealth Library staff will highlight state offered tools to help all directors lead their libraries no matter how big or how small.

How to apply and deadlines?

Those interested in the Directors' Institute 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)