The Challenge!

We are excited to bring back the The Leadership Challenge. Applications will open at the end of Oct. 

The opportunity: Members of the California library community to work in teams to explore shared challenges, issues, and topics of interest.  After an initial orientation and group exercise, over the course of six months, teams will report back on their learning and, where appropriate, provide recommendations such as programming plans, resources, and services to further their development. 

Here is what past Challenge participants had to say about the program…

“Working with smart, dedicated librarians across the state gave me a broader perspective on California libraries and the work we all do”. -Liz A. Vagani, San Diego County Library

“I enjoyed learning from and working with  incredibly smart and motivated librarians from around the state to address some of the top issues and concerns facing libraries right now”. -Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

“My experience with the Leadership Challenge was incredibly edifying and absolutely furthered my capacity as a librarian”. -Tommy Bui, Los Angeles County Library

“The CLA Leadership Development Challenge was one of the best work experiences of my life.  I entered not really knowing what was going on but left the first day feeling empowered and excited to work on a project that really meant something”. – Erik Berman, Alameda County Library

Visit the link below for examples of the outstanding work that the groups from the 2018-19 Leadership Challenge did:

Click here for 2018 – 2019 Leadership Challenge! Archive

Topics covered include:

  • Census 2020
  • Diversity in the Profession
  • Early Childhood Education
  • New Service Models

For questions about the DLCL Program, please contact:

Christine Bolivar
Project Coordinator