Public Library Leaders now accepting applications for 2023–2024

The 6th PLLeaders Co-hort will begin in September 2023 and run until January 2025.

Several modifications to the program were made during the 5th Co-hort (2021–2022). The program received and admitted almost double the number of participants than the previous co-horts. Efforts were made to reduce the travelling required, as part of COVID travel issues, but also to reduce the cost to participants. The teaching components were moved primarily to online and participants were put into smaller working groups for discussions with additional support provided by previous graduates of the program. Through discussion with the 5th Co-hort – and by popular demand – a third in-person event was returned to the schedule.

PLLeaders will meet virtually on the third and fourth Wednesdays during the program and will have three in-person events: Vancouver, Montréal, and Toronto (including a graduation reception at OLA Super Conference).

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The price is $2,095 which does not include travel and hotel expenses for the in-person events.

“PLLeaders is one of our essential leadership programs at Oakville Public Library. As a graduate myself, I know the value this program brings in terms of both expanding participants knowledge of key library topics and providing direct access to industry leaders. Program participants are also afforded the opportunity to grow their own network which can have lifelong benefits.”

– Tara Wong, CEO, Oakville Public Library, and PLLeader Graduate

“The PLLeader program has been critical to strengthening the skills and knowledge of several members of our Management Team. The program has also enabled participants to expand their professional network nationally. The program provides a unique learning experience for library leaders.”

– Paul Takala, Chief Librarian / CEO, Hamilton Public Library

“The PLL program offers the right stuff to turn good leaders into great leaders. It provides the next generation of talented managers the exact balance of experience, knowledge and connections to make them successful in a world where libraries are changing rapidly. The chance to study and grow with peers across the country is invaluable. This type of real-world learning is effective and a unique opportunity.”

– Steve Kraft, CEO, Guelph Public Library

“Halifax Public Libraries is a proud supporter of the PLL program. Public library leadership is unique and often not a focus of MLIS programs; the PLL program engages rising leaders in Canadian urban libraries through a broad curriculum ranging from HR management to library governance, advocacy and finance, coupled with site visits, and open discussions with CEOs across the country The goal is to help build skills and confidence. Over the past decade, six leaders from Halifax Public Libraries have participate in this program, and Halifax has been fortunate to twice serve as a site visit host. It has been incredibly rewarding to see the impact of this program on participants and to hear and witness the camaraderie and growth within the cross-country cohorts. This is an excellent way to build the leaders who will move our organizations and the library sector forward in Canada, and a network they can rely on throughout their careers.”

– Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian & CEO, Halifax Public Libraries

For more information about the program please contact Lita Barrie, PLL Program Co-ordinator.

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