Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL)

Leading At Any Level (LAAL)
School Librarians' Leadership Academy (SLLA)

Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL)

Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)

The Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL) has been developed for those who aspire to lead at a higher level through strength-based leadership and situational leadership. The Institute will support PSLA, state, or national level professional development projects.

The Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians experience is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) in 2020/21. Previous years the initiative was a collaborative experience of PSLA and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program (SLCP).


Participants 2020/21 - Click Here for a list of Participants

The 2020/21 LSTA grant is focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The 20/21 Leadership Institute for School Librarians will provide professional development, training and strategic planning to PSLA Board, PSLA Committee leaders, Committee members and Members at Large in EDI to embed these pillars throughout the association’s practices as well as PSLA’s commitment to advance EDI in school libraries and education.

School Library Journal/Media Source Information Services provided 3 90-minute sessions of initial organizational training. The goal was for all participants to develop common language and a foundation of EDI training in order to develop goals for PSLA and its members in the coming months. All participants receied a copy and read portions of So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. We are very excited about the professional growth and learning we will experience together and also for the work we will do to begin transforming our association. This work throughout the year of the grant will be embedded in our association work so that we are transforming our practice as leaders.

 We will be scheduling additional monthly LISL meetings throughout the rest of the grant year in order to forward our PSLA goals in creating a diverse and inclusive school library association. 


Leadership Institute for School Librarians (19-20) 


Leading At Any Level is the foundational leadership workshop that provides participants with an opportunity to take ownership of their thinking, feeling, and actions for personal and career development.  The School Librarians' Leadership Academy and Leadership Institute for School Librarians build upon foundational learning with opportunities to develop personal leadership competencies at the local, state or national levels. 



This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.