Two deadlines approaching for PLA Leadership Fellows program

The application deadlines for the two schools participating in the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Leadership Fellows program are quickly approaching.

Applications for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leading Organizational Change program are due to the PLA office on Sept. 1. The deadline for applicants for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Positive Change – Creating Spectacular Organizational Successes program is Sept. 12.

The fellows program offers PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States. The programs, which also include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and Columbia University Business School’s Leadership Development Program, were reviewed and chosen by the PLA Leadership Taskforce because they focus on teaching management concepts not generally learned in a library school setting.

PLA Leadership Taskforce Chair Luis Herrera said, “Leadership and change management skills are vital for our public library leaders to understand in order to move their organizations forward. We want to extend unique learning opportunities to our members who want to broaden their perspectives, enhance their leadership skills, drive change in their institutions and plan with a strategic vision.”

Each executive leadership program varies in length, as well as scope and focus, and candidates are encouraged to research the programs to determine which is best suited to their needs before applying. The PLA Leadership Fellows program will cover the cost of tuition, as well as housing and most meals. Transportation and any additional meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Candidates must be PLA members who are management staff in a public library system with a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role. Anyone interested in applying should review each program to determine which one is right for you. Selected participants will be asked to share their experience at a PLA program and provide input to the Leadership Taskforce in an effort to help shape a comprehensive leadership development program for PLA. Visit to apply.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

via ALA site

ARL Career Enhancement Program Applications Available–Deadline Oct. 1, ’08

Washington DC–Applications are now available for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program (formerly announced as the ARL Minority Fellowship Program). Master’s of library science (MLS) students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours by December 31, 2008, in an ALA-accredited MLS program are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has four main components:

  • Six- to Twelve-Week Fellowship Experience: Each fellow will have the opportunity to work in a research library to gain both educational and professional experience while earning an MLS. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.
  • Mentoring Relationship: A professional librarian will mentor each fellow during the fellowship. The mentoring relationship will be different from the supervisory relationship and will provide the fellows with professional guidance and resource sharing.
  • Leadership Development: The fellows will participate in the ARL Leadership Institute, hosted in January in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the institute, the fellows will have an opportunity to explore macro-level issues facing research libraries and discuss transitioning into a research library upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to connect with other ARL fellows, library leaders, and other MLS students who attend the annual Leadership Institute.
  • Career Placement: ARL staff will work with each fellow to network and connect with ARL member libraries to facilitate the job search process.

Qualifications for Participating

Eligible applicants for the fellowship must:

  • be accepted in an ALA-accredited graduate library school program;
  • be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau; and
  • have completed a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science by December 31, 2008.

Selection and Institutional Match

The ARL Career Enhancement Program uses a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host institution has committed to have one designated staff member serve on the Coordinating Committee. The committee will read the entire application pool; select acceptable fellows; and then enter into dialogue about experience, professional fit (fellows’ goals and desired experience), and creating a diverse group of students. The committee will then work together to create the best placement for each fellow.

The fellowship host institutions are:

  • University at Albany, State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Columbia University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • National Library of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Washington


Applications are being accepted until October 1, 2008, and should be submitted online. More information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions can be found at If you need additional information, please contact Jerome Offord Jr., Director of ARL Diversity Initiatives,