NYLA Developing Leaders Program



NYLA is pleased to continue the Developing Leaders Program (DLP). This nine-month program (October-June), totaling 37.5 contact hours, will help participants explore and strengthen their leadership skills. The 37.5 hours factors in both the DLP sessions and 15 hours of time outside of the scheduled sessions to work with your team on your group project. 

The program will be delivered in a virtual live format (online via Zoom). Participants will be divided into groups to complete a team-based project. Attendance at all sessions is expected and the total number of hours accrued for the program will be based on attendance.


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 prerequisite for this program.

Sessions / Topics

Kickoff:Team Intros / Project Development / DISC 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 

Core Values 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Group Dynamics 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Project & Time Management 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Research, Data, & Assessment 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion 
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Cultivating The Mindful Leader Within 
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Marketing (Zoom)
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Presentation Skills 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tuesday, March 17, 2022

Coaching & Mentoring 
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Partnerships & Collaborations 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Change Management 
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Reflection Session 
Tuesday, May 25, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

All programs are hosted via Zoom and will take place from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM.
Attendance at all sessions is expected and the total number of hours accrued for the program will be based on attendance.

All dates are subject to change based on the discretion of NYLA.


Team-based Project

Program participants will be divided into teams of approximately five members each (ideally), with one participant from each segment.  Priority will be given to creating teams with aligning ALA core value priorities. 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 $560 ($14.95 per contact hour).
Tuition includes registration at all DLP sessions, program materials, and all in-person programs.
The cost does not include participant travel or lodging (if applicable).

The DLP is limited to 30 participants; ideally, we are seeking six 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 the program tuition.
If you wish to apply for available scholarship support, please indicate so on your application.
Scholarships are for both partial (50%) and total tuition.

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 applicant's employer) must be submitted.  Recommendations are collected via a short webform.

Applicant Recommendation Form

Application Timeline

  1. Application & Recommendation Deadline - Friday, September 10th
  2. Program Acceptance Notifications - Monday, September 13th
  3. Scholarship Award Confirmations - Monday, September 13th 
  4. Program Begins - Tuesday, October 12th


Contact NYLA Professional Development Manager, Sarah Sherlock via education@nyla.org 



Past Cohorts

2020-2021 Cohort

2019-2020 Inaugural Cohort