Leadership and Management Academy
The New York Library Association's Library Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management.
Who should attend the academy?
The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelors Degree or two years of library experience and an MLS.
Courses in the Leadership and Management Academy will be taught by experienced library leaders, academic faculty members, specialized experts, and consultants in particular fields.
The Leadership and Management Academy is divided into two components - core courses and a special project. Both component areas must be completed for graduation.
Each of the core courses is required for graduation; and are divided into three groupings - Leadership, Management and Essential Skills.
Leadership - 1/2 Day Program
This three hour program provides a guided exploration of determining and cultivating your personal leadership style.
Partnerships, Collaborations & Relationships - Full Day Program
This six hour course features an interactive discussion of successful and unique library partnerships with outside organizations, including schools, service clubs, hospitals, colleges and community groups. The curriculum will also cover the elements of effective library director/trustee/friends relationships, library system collaboration opportunities and how to build strong relationships with state and local legislators.
Strategic Planning - 1/2 Day Program
Every library should have a strategic plan in place guiding the decision making process and operations. The half day program provides guidance on the process of creating a strategic plan, as well as best practices in keeping your strategic plan moving forward.
Human Resources - Full Day Program
Whether paid employees or volunteers, every library has people responsible for making the organization function. Managing those individuals can be the most challenging part of operating a library. This full day program covers what you need to know about NYS employment law, civil service, and best practices for employee management and evaluation.
Legal Issues - Full Day Program
There are a number of laws that directly and indirectly apply to and impact libraries. This program provides a primer on what you need to know about how libraries are governed in NYS.
Budgeting & Financial Management - Full Day Program
The six hour course highlights fundamental skills required for effective budgeting and financial management. The curriculum will include: budgeting basics; interpreting monthly financial statements; developing a budget; community based planning; budget modifications; audits; budge votes; tax cap issues; and capital finance.
Facility & Building Management, Space Usage & Design - Full Day Program
The maintenance and management of your physical space can be a daunting task. The program focuses on providing a working knowledge of the systems that make your library building work, and how best to implement and ongoing maintenance program. The course also addresses approaches for both large and small scale renovation projects. When possible this program will include a guided tour of a library facility and its inner workings.
Communication & Presentation Skills - 1/2 Day Program
The course highlights fundamental skills required for effective library leaders and managers. The curriculum will include: communication in various forms and to diverse audiences (including the media); presentations skills; and effective meeting facilitation. The session will cover these skills in the context of the day-to-day work of a library professional.
The Customer Experience - 1/2 Day Program
As we all know libraries are not just about books anymore and library customer service isn’t just about circulation transactions. Good library customer service is about carrying out the mission of the library at all levels with every transaction, including reference and circulation transactions, physical and online presence, and community relationships.
Three hours of program credit (1/2 day) is awarded for completion of a special project. The special project is intended to demonstrate understanding of the program content.
L&MA Program participants who have completed five or more courses as of June 1, 2013 will be 'grandfathered' in under the previous L&MA program structure and will have the option to complete the new requirements, or graduate under the previous requirements.
Submit application form along with resume and appropriate payment.
The Library Leadership and Management Academy is open only to NYLA members and costs $800.
Questions regarding the Leadership & Management Academy can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Rotation Schedule
Summer Session Odd Numbers Years
Fall Odd Numbered Years (at NYLA Conference)
Winter Even Numbered Years (pre-Advocacy Day)
Summer Session Even Numbered Years
Fall Even Numbered Years (at NYLA Conference)
Winter Odd Numbered Years (pre-Advocacy Day)
Note - you must be a current NYLA member, AND have been accepted into L&MA, or be a L&MA graduate in order to register for L&MA programs.
Summer Session 2018
The L&MA Summer Session 2018 will take place June 6- June 8 at the NYLA offices in Guilderland, NY.
Wednesday, June 6: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, June 7: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, June 8: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Note, you must be logged in to your NYLA account in order to register.
Discounted hotel accommodations are available at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Western Avenue
Hampton Inn Albany-Western Ave/University Area