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Professional Development

Professional development and continuing education resources for libraries.

Leadership & Innovation

The Maryland State Library Agency partners with the Maryland Library Association to offer leadership training. Please check the MLA website for event information. Here are the current programs:

Everyone Leads - Offered as needed. Focuses on how to be a leader and influence organizational change from any position you hold in your organization. Topics include: What is leadership today; influence without authority; confidence; basics of leading projects. Intended audience: Branch managers and department heads, assistant managers, supervisors, and team leaders.  New in Spring 2022 - Leading Everyone to Everyone Leads is a special program to develop facilitators for the Everyone Leads program.  

Leadership Facilitators - New for Spring 2022 - A select group of staff representing all types of libraries will be trained on how to deliver the Everyone Leads workshop.

Maryland Library Leadership Institute (MLLI) - Held every other year. The Institute is designed for any library staff person who has demonstrated leadership potential, excellent communication skills, initiative, and a commitment to the profession. These are the individuals who make a difference in your community. Applicants are from school, academic, and public libraries.

Executive University - Offered twice per year prior to MAPLA meetings. Topics vary. The intended audience is new public library directors and associate/assistant directors and managers in the upper levels of library administration. However, there may be more experienced directors who want to take advantage of an opportunity to attend a refresher.

Strategic Leadership - Held every other year. The intended audience is administrative leaders. Individuals who are both new to their role (five years or less of experience in a high-level position) and those who are more experienced in public, academic, and school libraries. Aspiring administrative leaders with significant experience.









This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.