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Our goal is to develop leaders within CAL and the Colorado library community by:

  1. Allowing an exploration and understanding of personal leadership styles.
  2. 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).
  3. Providing the necessary professional development opportunities to grow leaders at all levels of library organizations.

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 program?
  • 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]

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