School Librarians Leadership Academy (SLLA)

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

Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL)

Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)

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)

Click Here for a list of 2020/21 Participants

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

Due to the recent situation with the School Library Journal February 2021 cover, PSLA has made the decision to cancel the February training provided by SLJ/LJ/Media Source for the SLLA academy. We will reevaluate future trainings as needed.

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 Participants and their mentors are taking part in multiple Equity, Diversity and Inclusion professional development opportunities in February, March and April.


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:  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.


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.