Leadership Institute

The PNLA Leadership Institute is one of the key activities of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. To date, 190 individuals have gone back to their libraries, library systems, and communities equipped with leadership and management skills to help guide their libraries in this time of tremendous and constant change. We are excited to announce that we are now planning for the PNLA's seventh Leadership Institute.
If you are an emerging leader serving in any capacity in a library in the Pacific Northwest and have a desire to network with other leaders and increase your skills, this Institute is for you. Applications for future PNLA Leads will be available on the PNLA website. Basic information for the Leads 2017 is as follows:

DATES: Sunday (evening) October 22nd through (noon) Friday, October 27th, 2017.

FACILITATORS: Becky Schrieber & John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates.

•    Currently employed in a library
•    At least five years work in any library setting
•    Current member of PNLA or affiliated state/provincial library association
•    A completed application packet
•    Recommendation, based upon leadership potential and abilities, by sponsoring library which also indicates level of support


We will review all applicant packets received by June17th. Candidates will be notified of their status by July 17th.

Applicants will be evaluated by the leadership institute committee consisting of the institute coordinator and PNLA board which includes state/provincial representatives to PNLA. The total invited applicants will be 32. Two alternates will also be selected to fill potential vacancies due to illness, other personal emergencies, or changes in circumstance. The 32 attendees will be joined by eight mentors, current library leaders from throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Fort Worden is located in Port Townsend, WA.  It’s an easy two hour trip from Seattle and three hours from Vancouver, B.C. The retreat atmosphere ensures release from the demands of everyday professional life and guarantees minimal distractions in order for participants to make the most of the week long intensive institute. PNLA Leads participants are expected to attend the week-long institute without family members. Further information about the facility is available at:  http://fortworden.org/ 


Registration fees: $1000/person. Registration includes: lodging, meals, institute materials and activities. Attendees pay own transportation costs. 

Individual libraries, state/provincial libraries and state/provincial associations may be able to assist attendees with registration and/or transportation costs. It is up to the individual attendee to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

For questions about PNLA Leads or the application process, please contact Leads Coordinator Mary Jo Joiner: mjoiner@kenai.city

Leads 2017 Mentors:

Brianna Hoffman - WA
Jonas Lamb - AK
Leonora Crema - BC
Louise Reimer - AB
Mary DeWalt - ID
Mary Jo Joiner - AK
Melody Eisler - WA
Tori Koch - MT

Does your company want to reach tomorrow’s library leaders today?

You can if you sponsor PNLA Leads, the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s biennial Leadership Institute.

There are many levels of sponsorship available from $250 to $15,000 biennially.  Contact Mary Jo Joiner, PNLA Leads coordinator:mjoiner@kenai.city / 907-283-8206 to find the right level for your company.  

Sponsors are gratefully acknowledged throughout the PNLA community which includes the following states and provinces:  AB, AK, BC, ID, MT and WA.

As well as:

  • Alaska State Library
  • OverDrive