Our goal is to develop leaders within CAL and the Colorado library
- Allowing an exploration and understanding
of personal leadership styles.
- Developing key relationships among
participants, presenters, and the larger library community through inquiry
(listening and understanding others), advocacy (learning about issues and
taking a stand), and networking (building collaborative networks and
creating coalitions for change).
- Providing the necessary professional
development opportunities to grow leaders at all levels of library
The program will start with a 2 day introductory session on September
25-26 at a location in the Denver Metro Area and will continue over the next 13
months with a mix of physical and virtual workshops, culminating in a final
session prior to the 2015 CAL conference.
In addition to the introductory and final session, physical meetings are
also planned on October 16, 2014 (prior to the CAL Conference in Loveland),
March 2015 for Library Lobby Day, Late April in Pueblo, to coincide with the
CLiC Spring Workshop (3 days) and a one day session in July. Virtual meetings are planned for January,
February, May, June and September. The
time commitment will be for 9 days of structured workshops during the year and an
average of 10 hours each month of outside participation.
Anyone who is a CAL member and works in the library field is
eligible to apply. Because we are looking to develop leaders throughout
the library community, there are no requirements for minimum or maximum work
experience. If selected, participants must attend all sessions;
participate in all class discussions, activities, exercises, and online
discussion/blogging; and complete all required reading and assignments.
Participant expenses are estimated to be a minimum of $300 with $120 due upon
acceptance to the program. Individual expenses will vary depending on travel,
meals, etc.; some financial assistance may be available. After completing
the program, participants will commit to 2 years of service within CAL (e.g.,
committees, task forces, elected positions with CAL or CAL units).
For your application, please address the following points in an
essay not to exceed two pages:
- Why are you interested in this program?
What skills do you hope to gain or enhance through participation in this
- Describe your experience with leadership,
including your own roles or traits as well as and an example of a leader
you admire and why.
- At the end of the program, how do you see
yourself participating as a leader or in a leadership role within CAL?
As part of your application, please include the following:
- current resume or CV
- confirmation from your employer that you
will be able to attend meetings and participate in virtual working groups
(final dates and locations TBA)
- two letters of recommendation
- signed application form [click here]