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Call for Applications: NCLA 2020 Leadership Institute


Deadline: 27 March 2020

Venue: 16-19 September 2020, Black Mountain, North Carolina

The Institute is an intensive four-day residential event that will take place at Black Mountain YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. In addition to this four-day event, participation in the Leadership Institute requires the following: a one-year commitment to engage in a group mentor/mentee relationship, attendance at a one-day follow up session held on April 16, 2021 at the Iredell County Public Library, and participation in the 2021 NCLA Biennial Conference on October 19-22, 2021 in at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

We look forward to this experience with a new group of future North Carolina library leaders. A typical cohort consists of about 24 participants selected through a competitive application process. Multiple applicants from the same institution or system will be considered.


The mission of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Leadership Institute is to create opportunities for learning and skill building in leadership and mentoring. The Institute will cultivate an improved understanding of self and others while inspiring participants to serve in leadership roles within the profession at local, state, and national levels.


To participate in the NCLA Leadership Institute, you must be (1) a member of NCLA and (2) currently employed by a North Carolina library. We are seeking participants who desire to grow and positively influence the profession. All interested librarians and library staff are encouraged to apply.


An integral part of the NCLA Leadership Institute is the selection by the participant and the sponsoring library of a project that will engage the participant for up to a year after the Institute. Participants are expected to work with their library administrators in advance of the Institute on the identification of possible projects. The projects should be developed by the participants in response to community and/or organizational needs and approved and supported by the library but should not be assigned by the library.

The application does not include the identification and preliminary design of a project.  The projects will not be a major focus during the residential portion of the Institute but they will be addressed through discussion of project design ideas and the opportunity to talk to the Institute facilitators and mentors.


Please provide the following as application for the NCLA Leadership Institute:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Two Essay Responses

Please submit all application materials as one document (PDF) via email to:

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