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2018 Leadership Institute
April 29 - May 4

Fellow and Mentor Applications Open: June 1, 2017
Mentor Applications Due: August 31, 2017
Fellow Applications Due: September 30, 2017

Criteria for applicants:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation


  • MPLA members = $550 (with paid memberships for 2014 and 2015)
  • Non-MPLA members = $650
  • Includes lodging and all meals on site
  • Fellows pay for their own transportation costs. Individual libraries, state libraries, and state associations have assisted fellows with registration and/or transportation costs in the past. It is up to the individual to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

Selection and notification:

After the deadline, applications will be reviewed by the Leadership Institute Coordinator, Leadership Institute Committee Chairs, plus each MPLA state representative and their respective review committees. Fellows will be contacted regarding the status of their application in December.

Aubrey Madler
Phone: 701-788-4814

Links and Information

LI Mentor Information
LI History and Previous Institutes
LI Fellow Testimonials

Contact and Information:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you a graduate of the MPLA Leadership Institute wanting a chance to pay it forward?

Do you have room in your library or institutional budget and wish to support the future of libraries and their leaders?

Are you a vendor with the desire to do just a little more this year?

Good news--you can help sponsor the 2016 MPLA Leadership Institute! (Details to come later)

Free will contributions are accepted online. Donate Now!

We also have many levels of support that are geared toward vendors and institutions starting for as little as $500. Contact our Leadership Institute Committee's chair, Mary J. Soucie with your questions or to discuss the level that is right for you or your organization.

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