NYLA Developing Leaders Program

NYLA is pleased to announce the Developing Leaders Program (DLP). This nine-month program (August - April), totaling 37.5 contact hours, will help participants explore and strengthen their leadership skills.

The program will be delivered via both in person and online courses. Participants will divided into groups to complete a team-based project.

2019-2020 Inaugural Cohort


Who Should Attend

The DLP is designed for individuals seeking to cultivate their skills and capacities in personal and organizational leadership. The DLP focuses on 'soft-skills' that are applicable across all types of libraries.

Individuals with three or more years of experience working in libraries are invited to participate.  An MLS is not a pre-requite for this program.

Sessions / Topics

Defining Yourself as a Leader
Monday - Tuesday, August 19-20, 2019 | Carey Conference Center, Rensselaerville, NY

  1. Leadership style
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Moral Courage
  4. Learning as a social responsibility

This 24-hour retreat (1PM on 8/19 - 1PM on 8/20) is intended to bring the cohort together, introduce the program, and provide time for working teams to meet.

Collaboration & Partnerships
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | Webinar

  1. Collaboration & Partnerships
  2. Libraries as Educator

Group Dynamics & Diversity
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | NYLA HQ, Guilderland, NY

  1. Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Collaborative Culture
  3. Relationship Building
  4. Negotiation skills
  5. Serving as a peer mentor and coach

Project, Team & Time Management
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Webinar

Research, Data and Assessment
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Webinar

  1. Assessing and using research to improve practice
  2. Assessment
  3. Data Literacy

Leading Toward the Future
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Webinar

  1. Change Management
  2. Innovation
  3. Creativity
  4. Futuring

Marketing, Branding and You
MONDAY, February 24, 2020 | Albany Hilton, Albany, NY

  1. Marketing/Advocacy for users and the profession
  2. Developing Your Personal Brand

Core Values of Librarianship
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | Webinar

  1. Intellectual Freedom
  2. Core Values

Capstone Event & Team Presentations
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Location TBD

Team-based Project

Program participants will be divided into teams of approximately four members each (ideally), with one participant from each segment.  Priority will be given to creating teams with geographic proximity of members. Teams will determine their own project, and the results will be presented at the capstone event. Each team will be assigned an advisor who will serve to guide the team, ensuring the group is progressing on task, and that they have the resources needed for success.


DLP tuition is $995 ($26.50 per contact hour).
Tuition includes registration at all DLP sessions and webinars, program materials and lunch at all in-person programs.
The cost does not include participant travel or lodging (lodging for the kick-off retreat is included).

The DLP is limited to 28 participants; ideally we are seeking seven individuals from each segment of the library community (public, school, academic & special, and youth service).


A number of scholarships are available to help defer the cost of program tuition.
If you wish to apply for available scholarship support, please indicate so on your application.

Scholarship applications will be directed to Sections that have agreed to serve as sponsors.

DLP Application Form

In addition to the application form, a recommendation (ideally from the applicants employer) must be submitted.  Recommendations are collected via a short web form.

Applicant Recommendation Form

Application Timeline

  1. Application & Recommendation Deadline - Friday, July 19
  2. Program Acceptance Notifications - Friday, July 26
  3. Scholarship Award Confirmations - Friday, August 2
  4. Program Begins - Monday - Tuesday, August 19-20


Contact NYLA Executive Director, Jeremy Johannesen via director@nyla.org