Building on a successful 2019-20 year that included the development of a  statewide vision for library leadership and delivery of several regional institutes, CLA received funding from the California State Library this year to further the creation of leadership development curriculum and opportunities for California library staff.

Working with representatives from the CLA Board and the California State Library, we identified a need for a more comprehensive framework to help build toward the vision.

After discussion and review of existing models, we selected the foundational competencies identified by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). All grant activities will be evaluated as to their effectiveness in developing one or more of these competencies.

For the 2020-21 grant year, we are continuing the successful leadership cohort model that was established in the prior year, as well as continuing short-format workshops based on a national leadership curriculum for libraries, archives and museums. Another component of the DLCL program that returns in 2020-21 is “The Leadership Challenge”, a program that brought together librarians from all over the State to develop solutions to the issues important to their communities and help empower the residents of the most diverse state in the country.

For more information about Developing Leaders in California Libraries, please contact Christine Bolivar, Project Coordinator at cbolivar@cla-net.org.