Leadership Institute

The PNLA Leadership Institute is one of the key activities of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. To date, 164 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 sixth 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 2015 is as follows:

DATES: Sunday (evening) October 25th through (noon) Friday, October 30th.

FACILITATORS: Becky Schrieber & John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates as well as library leaders from the Pacific Northwest.

•    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 May 30th.  Candidates will be notified of their status by June 20th.

Applicants will be evaluated by the leadership institute committee consisting of the institute co-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 mentor/facilitators, current library leaders from throughout the Pacific Northwest.


The Adrift Hotel is located in Long Beach, Washington, 87.5 miles from the Portland International airport, 112 from SEATAC.  The beachside 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://www.adrifthotel.com/


Registration fees are still being set, but will be greatly reduced from some previous years thanks to an IMLS grant.  They are currently anticipated to be between $500 and $600. 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 DeWalt: mdewalt@adalib.org

Leads 2015 Mentors:

Louise Reimer - Edmonton Public Librayr
David Ongley - Tuzzy Consortium Library
Mary Jo Joiner - Kenai Community Library
Edel Toner-Rogala - Burnaby Public Library
Mary Dewalt - Ada Community Library
Larry Almeida - Community Library Network
Jan Zauha - Montana State University
Jennifer Fenton - Washington State Library

PNLA Leads 2015 Application Packet

PNLA Leads 2015 Save the Date flyer

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 DeWalt, PNLA Leads coordinator:mdewalt@adalib.org / 208-362-0181 x123 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.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  Grant number RE-71-12-0107-12