The Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) Institute is a two year certificate program designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers. The program is aimed at public library staff with leadership aspirations, with and without a professional degree, who meet at least one of the enrollment criteria*. A new cohort moves through the program every two years, taking of online courses and attending highly interactive classroom sessions together. The development of a rich learning environment with a network of peers is an important aspect of the program. The APLL Institute promotes a practice-based approach to public library leadership.
* Individuals accepted into the APLL Institute are expected to have a good understanding of the management of library services and operations, as indicated by at least one of the following:
- A degree or diploma in library studies
- An EXCEL certificate in managing a small public library, and/or
- Current employment as Manager/Supervisor in an Ontario Public Library.
The four Intensives have the following themes:
- Owning your leadership
- Organizational change
- Succeeding in the municipal environment
- Relentless communication.
The program gave me the confidence to take the next step, opened doors to new opportunities,
and solidified my leadership skills so that I could succeed once in my new role.
My learnings were not limited to the course work, but were further enhanced by
the extensive knowledge and varied experiences of my classmates.”