NYLA Developing Leaders Program



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

The program will be delivered via online programs and will conclude with an in-person gathering (ideally). 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

Team Intros / Project Development
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Core Values
Thursday, December 3, 2020

DISC & Leadership Style
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Project & Time Management
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Group Dynamics
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Personal Brand
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Partnerships & Collaborations
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Research, Data, and Assessment
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Leading Toward the Future
Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Presentation Skills
Multiple small group sessions - dates vary

All programs will be hosted online and will take place from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM.
Live attendance at all sessions is expected.

A capstone gathering is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 3, 2021


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 ($18.50 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 - Thursday, October 15
  2. Program Acceptance Notifications - Monday, October 26
  3. Scholarship Award Confirmations - Tuesday, November 10
  4. Program Begins - Thursday, November 19


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


Introducing the 2020-2021 Cohort

2021 DLP Cohort Resource Page

Past Cohorts

2019-2020 Inaugural Cohort