Program Overview

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A blended learning program - online & face-to-face

The APLL Institute's two year program consists of twelve courses covering important topics in two leadership streams:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Leading in the Municipal Environment

Participants take all twelve courses in both streams (see below for course descriptions), building a solid foundation in both internal and external leadership.

Four terms are spread over two years, each including online courses and an Intensive. Online courses consists of approximately 20 hours of work over 4-5 weeks. Intensives involve 2 1/2 days of classroom sessions with experts in the field.

See Important Dates for the 2018-2020 schedule. 

APLL Fundamentals This course introduces participants to the overall program design and to the experience of belonging to a community of peers committed to learning together and from each other. Participants will be introduced to current models of leadership, and the capacities and best practices of successful library leaders.
Planning This course focuses on the importance and benefits of various planning activities, highlighting the need for aligning the library's activities with mission, vision and strategic directions.

Topics: Introduction to Leadership and Planning 

Presenter: Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS 

Public Libraries and Community Development This course introduces participants to the work of community development and presents practical examples of public libraries successfully contributing to larger community initiatives.
Shared Inquiry: Investigating Key Issues for Public Libraries  This course introduces participants to the concept of shared inquiry as an open-ended exploratory approach to learning something new; working in small groups, participants will investigate topics of current interest and importance to public library leaders.
Staff Development This course fosters an approach to coaching and managing performance based on a shared vision of excellence and the use of professional competencies.
Understanding Organizational Culture  This course looks at group dynamics and organizational life with a view to cultivating a library environment that maximizes individual contribution toward organizational improvement and service success.

Topics: Change Leadership & Cultivating a Learning Environment

Presenters: Rebecca Raven, CEO Brampton Public Library & Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS.

Succeeding in the Municipal Environment This course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to participate effectively as a manager of a municipal service and to raise the profile of the library within that context.
Strategic Financial Management This course looks at the relationship between financial matters and library development, and the absolute necessity to be strategic in positioning the library's requests for ongoing and special funding.
Library Legislation: What You Need to Know This course is a second opportunity to experience shared inquiry. In small groups, participants will investigate key pieces of legislation impacting public library service in Ontario.

Topics: Succeeding in the Municipal Environment

Presenters: An expert presenter from the municipal sector, yet to be determined, and Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS

Developing a Healthy Board-CEO Relationship This course looks at the challenge of establishing a strong and sustainable working relationship with the Board, including the CEO's role in cultivating board members' capacity to work well together in fulfilling board responsibilities.
Strategic Communications and Advocacy This course is an opportunity to develop and practice persuasive communication skills for use in advocating and influencing decision-making and generating broad public support for the mission of the library.
Local Library Project As one of the certificate requirements for the program, each participant is to undertake a library project, something of concrete benefit to the library.
Building a New Library: Taking the Lead This course provides an overview of a library building project, including the establishment of a building committee, the work of developing a library building program, hiring and working with an architect, working with contractors, and the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved.

Topics: Media Relations, participant presentations on APLL projects and program wrap-up

Presenters: Brian Lambie, Redbrick Communications, APLL participants & Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS.

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