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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


Are you looking for the skills that will take you to that next level of leadership?

Library directors are constantly managing their individual teams of trustees, staff, volunteers and others. It takes dedicated leadership to turn these groups into one cohesive team striving for a single vision. The Michigan Library Association’s Leadership Academy has a strong history of providing leadership training to librarians across the state and offers the kind of information you wish you could have learned library school. In the process, you will develop a cohort of colleagues from across the state to call on for support and inspiration as you navigate your way throughout your career. A variety of topics are presented over five days and cover everything from leadership fundamentals to successfully managing the politics inherent in every library position.

Registration and detailed information for the 2020 Leadership Academy class will open soon. Don’t miss your chance to participate. Space is limited!

Previous sessions included training on:

  • Library Finance and Budgeting
  • Working Efficiently with a Board of Directors
  • Human Resource Fundamentals
  • Coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Developing Your Library’s Media Image
  • Legislation and Advocacy
  • And Much More!


2020 Meeting Dates

March 3-4, 2020, includes overnight accommodations, location to be announced

May 11, 2020, location to be announced

August 8, 2020, location to be announced

October 27-28, 2020, includes overnight accommodations and graduation, Kalamazoo


Training Rates

                                                                                     Member              Non-Member                        

Early Bird                           By 12/13/19                     $1,295                       $2,295

Regular                              By 1/21/20                       $1,395                       $2.395

*Early bird pricing expires December 13, 2019