Many library sectors and associations have identified a need for leadership development. In 2019, the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) launched the first leadership institute for health librarians in Canada. Learn about the genesis, consultative planning process, content, and structure of this program through the experiences of one of its creators and two of its first participants. We will explore:
The four key components of this one-year mixed-methods leadership development program: 1) a residential component 2) ongoing virtual sessions 3) a personal capstone project and 4) mentorship.
The importance of ongoing consultation and flexibility in a program planning process. The planning process for this program was over two years long. Agile consultation resulted in substantive changes to a proposed plan. While the idea for a leadership program originated with a small group of experienced library leaders, a needs assessment conducted with potential participants and other association members considerably changed the original vision, especially in terms of content.
Perspectives on key leadership topics and concerns for both established library leaders and emerging leaders.