NYLA Developing Leaders Program



NYLA is pleased to continue the Developing Leaders Program (DLP). This nine-month program (October-June), totaling 46.5 contact hours, will help participants explore and strengthen their leadership skills.

The program will be delivered in a hybrid format (online via Zoom and 5 in-person full days with the first session will be an overnight retreat). Participants will be divided into groups to complete a team-based project.


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

Kickoff-Retreat:Team Intros / Project Development / DISC (in-person @ Villa Roma Resort)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - Wednesday October 13, 2021

Core Values (Zoom)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Group Dynamics (in-person @ The OnCenter, Syracuse NY)
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Project & Time Management (Zoom)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Research, Data, & Assessment (Zoom)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Advocacy (Zoom)
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (in-person @ Guilderland Public Library)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Cultivating The Mindful Leader Within (Zoom)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Marketing (Zoom)
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Presentation Skills (in-person @ Albany Hilton)
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Negotiation (Zoom)
Tuesday, March 17, 2022

Coaching & Mentoring (Zoom)
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Partnerships & Collaborations (in-person @ Guilderland Public Library)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Change Management (Zoom)
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Reflection Session (Zoom)
Tuesday, May 25, 2022

Capstone (in-person, TBD)
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

All programs hosted via Zoom will take place from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM and all in-person programs will take place from 10am-3pm with the exception of Group Dynamics which will be held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY from 1:30PM-4:30PM.
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 $695 ($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 - Tuesday, August 31st
  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