Deadlines approaching for two Leadership Fellows Scholarships

The application deadlines for two of the schools participating in PLA’s Leadership Fellows program are quickly approaching.

Applications to the Leadership Development Program at Columbia University’s Business School are due to the PLA office on Jan. 9, 2009. Applications to the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University are due on Feb. 20, 2009. PLA members can apply online at http://pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaawards/Leadership/index.cfm.

The Leadership Fellows program offers PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States. The programs were reviewed and chosen by the PLA Leadership Taskforce because they focus on teaching management concepts not generally learned in a library school setting.

Each executive leadership program varies in length, as well as scope and focus, and candidates are encouraged to determine which programs are best suited to their needs before applying. The PLA Leadership Fellows program will cover the cost of tuition, as well as housing and most meals. Transportation and any additional meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Candidates must be PLA members who belong to management staff in a public library system, with a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role. Selected participants will be asked to share their experience at a PLA program and provide input to the Leadership Taskforce in an effort to help shape a comprehensive leadership development program for PLA. More information about the Leadership Fellows program can be found online at http://pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaawards/Leadership/index.cfm.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.