School Librarians Leadership Academy (SLLA)

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

Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL)

The School Librarians' Leadership Academy (SLLA) has been developed for those who would like to focus on leadership in their school or district. Participants will develop personal leadership competencies that will lend themselves to district or school 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).

School Librarians Leadership Academy (21)

The Academy will begin in early February and end on September 30, 2021.

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the School Librarians Leadership Academy 20/21.

Click Here to Download the 2021 SLLA Application

Click Here to Download the 2021 SLLA Administrator Endorsement Form

School Librarians Leadership Academy (SLLA)

PSLA members have an opportunity to apply for SLLA and engage in EDI work with a mentor from February - September 2021. SLLA leaders will participate AT NO COST in one of two Equity, Diversity and Inclusion individual, online training events - these are normally $225 per person:

  • Equity in Action:  Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture; 2/23/21 - 3/9/21 - 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; All sessions can be done asynchronous as well. Library staff at all levels within their organizations have the power—and the responsibility—to help cultivate an antiracist culture, from evaluating spaces, programs, services, and collections to examining policies and practices to reflecting on one’s own implicit biases. Creating an internal culture founded on principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to building a community-centered library that meets the needs and expectations of its users.

  • Equity in Action:  Building Diverse Collections; 4/27/21 - 5/11/21; 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; All sessions can be done asynchronous as well. For libraries to effectively meet their mission of serving the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of their communities, their collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into and mirrors of the vast array of perspectives and stories that make up our world.

All School Librarian Leadership Academy participants will be assigned a mentor and meet regularly to develop and carry out a focused EDI goal for their school library or school building.

Applications are due Friday January 29, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. to Dr. Yvonne English, Project Director, at [email protected]. You must be an active PSLA member to apply and through the duration of the leadership project.

Click Here to Download the Application

Click Here to Download the Administrator Endorsement Form


Previous Academies

School Librarians Leadership Academy (19-20)

Aspiring Association Leaders (18-19)

Developing Leaders (18-19)

Revitalizing Leaders (18-19)

Mini Regional Leaders (2018)

Regional Leaders (17-18)

Sustaining Leaders (16-17)

Emerging Leaders (14-15; 15-16) 

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.