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.A new cohort moves through the program every two years, taking a number 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.

Each two year cycle of APLL is different and adapted to the participants and the current climate in libraries. However, the program structure remains constant, consisting of an introductory course, followed by courses in two streams: Organizational Leadership; and Leading in the Municipal Environment. At the end of the program, successful participants will have earned a Certificate in Public Library Leadership awarded by SOLS and presented at the OLA conference

Courses are developed and presented by experts within the public library community, or the municipal or not-for-profit sectors. Experts involved in the APLL curricuum have included:

  • Rebecca Jones, renowned library consultant, Dysart & Jones
  • Rebecca Raven, CEO, Brampton Libraries
  • Nigel Bellchamber and Fred Dean, with extensive experience training municipal staff and elected officials
  • Brian Lambie, media expert who serves as the media contact for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
  • Robert Hubsher and Karen Watson, an expert team with years of experience planning library facilities

Program Overview

A blended learning program - online & face-to-face. The APLL Institute's two year program consists of ten courses covering important topics in two leadership streams

Our Leadership Approach

Learn about the nine practices that emphasize the leader’s responsibility for creating the conditions where others can be successful 

Enrollment & Fees

The APLL cycle begins in the Fall of evenly numbered years with registration occurring over the summer.

Important Dates

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Program registration deadlines & outlines for each semester

Thanks to the APLL program, I was able to successfully transition to the next level of library leadership (CEO). 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.

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