To prepare the library community’s future leaders for 21st-Century challenges, the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee established the Indiana Library Leadership Academy.

At the end of this program, participants will: understand the foundations of leadership in regards to values, vision, and commitment; recognize the core skill of service as it relates to leadership; identify key steps for building library teams and measuring library success; develop a network of library professionals and complete an individual project applicable to their own library.

This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Indiana State Library. The Indiana State Library would like to thank DePauw University and the Putnam County Public Library for their support and partnership during the 2016 retreat.


The next year-long cohort of the Indiana Library Leadership Academy will start mid year in 2018.

Important dates include:

  • Applications are due:  TBD
  • Applications will be reviewed by:  TBD
  • Kickoff Webinar: TBD
    • The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend at the scheduled time.
  • Retreat: TBD


The Indiana Library Leadership Institute targets employees from public, academic, school, and special libraries within Indiana who have exhibited leadership potential, a successful work experience, and dedication to the profession. There is no requirement for an MLS/MLIS. A maximum of 24 participants will be selected.


Six leaders from the Indiana library community will be invited to act as coaches. The coaches will serve as team facilitators and guides both during the retreat and over the course of the year. They will engage in group discussions and work with the facilitator to ensure individualized professional results for each participant.


Leaders affect impactful change. Indiana Library Leadership Academy participants will be expected to complete an individual project over the course of the year. Projects should be related to improving/enhancing and/or strengthening some aspect of the participant’s library or community. Individual projects can be tailored to fit the needs of an individual library but, ideally, there would also be the potential to be replicated elsewhere.

During the application process, you will identify a possible problem, solution, and opportunity that could be addressed by such a project. If selected, you will have the opportunity to further develop your project plan with feedback from fellow participants and coaches during the retreat. Throughout the year, coaches will schedule times to check in and discuss your progress. The results of your project will be shared via the Indiana State Library’s website.

Retreat Information


Participants are requested not to bring family members to the retreat and to remain on-site for all scheduled sessions, including evening events.


Tentative:  Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN


Tentative:  Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, owner and principal consultant, Libraries Thrive Consulting http://librariesthrive.com/

Cathy brings 31 years of library experience in direct customer services, management and administration. In her role as a library planner, speaker and trainer, she works with libraries around the country on strategic planning, leadership development, team building, communication skills, exceptional services and more. Her passion is for supporting and developing great libraries by facilitating growth, motivation and success. Publications include: Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011); Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013); and the upcoming Renew Yourself! Choose Your Own Success (ALA, 2016).

Additional Indiana library leaders facilitate sessions throughout the retreat.

Registration Fee

The successful candidate must secure funding to cover a registration fee of $250, plus transportation costs to the retreat location. The registration fee includes lodging for three nights, all meals, institute content/facilitation, and support materials.

Application Process

The application process has not yet opened for the 2018 Academy.  

Apply by emailing application and supporting documents in either .DOC or .PDF format to Suzanne Walker at suwalker@library.in.gov.  

Applications must contain:

  1. Completed application form, including:
    1. Contact information
    2. Responses to questions
    3. Project idea
    4. Contact information for two professional references
    5. Signed statement of commitment
  2. Resume – as additional attachment

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee, paying particular attention to the following criteria:

  1. Successful library employment experience
  2. Leadership potential
  3. Excellent communication skills
  4. Interest in ongoing library career
  5. Interest in further professional involvement

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • May my library employer cover the cost of my InLLA tuition? YES. You may pay personally or your employer may pay the Indiana State Library Foundation the $250 tuition. Accepted participants will receive an invoice from the Indiana State Library Foundation for the amount of $250. We accept checks and money orders made payable in that amount to the Indiana State Library Foundation.
  • What are the travel requirements? The 2018 InLLA cohort will meet for a four day retreat in a location TBD from dates TBD. Your $250 tuition includes your lodging in a single room, as well as all meals. There is an expectation that participants will stay overnight each night in the hotel without additional family members in order to enhance their relationships with their cohort.
  • I have special housing or other needs. Can you accommodate them?The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service, or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact the agency’s ADA Coordinator, Faye Brookins (FBrookins@spd.IN.gov or [317) 233-1184]).  Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the State Library to arrange for the accommodation; however, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.


If you have questions concerning the Indiana Library Leadership Academy, please contact:  Suzanne Walker / Professional Development Office Supervisor / Indiana State Library / suwalker@library.in.gov / 317.232.3718

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