The Challenge!

Thank you for submitting your applications for the 2020-21 Leadership Challenge program. We are currently reviewing applications, announcements will be made Jan 20th.

“The Leadership Challenge” is a program that bring 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. Leadership Challenge teams of six library employees from across California spen6 months working together virtually to research an issue and potential solutions, identify existing or model programs, and develop a toolkit, white paper, or other report that can be used to drive future action. For examples of the 2018 challenge, where groups worked on topics such as the 2020 census, new service models, early childhood services, and diversity in the profession.


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