2020 MPLA Leadership Institute
June 7 - 12, 2020
Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ 

For the 12th MPLA Leadership Institute, we welcome Mark Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  We also offer this invaluable experience at a new location: Yavapai College and timeframe of early June.

Direct your questions to Aubrey Madler: coordinator@mpla.us

Fellow Applicants Qualifications:

  • Current member (in good standing with paid membership at time of application submission) of an MPLA - affiliated state library association OR of MPLA itself
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the library and information science profession
  • Commitment to arrive at the Institute site by 5:00 PM Sunday, June 7, 2020 and remain on site and fully engaged until adjournment Friday morning, June 12, 2020
  • Thoughtfully completed application that addresses:
    • What leadership means to you
    • Your leadership skills and qualities
    • Instances where you displayed leadership qualities
    • Learning goals
    • Where you see yourself in 5 years
    • Your perceived contribution to the profession
  • 2 letters of recommendation

* Preference may be given to applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Employed in a library entity within MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Consistent MPLA membership (2 years or more)
  • Commitment to serving on an MPLA committee or other leadership position after the institute

Registration costs:

  • MPLA members = $750* (paid memberships for 2019 & 2020); Non-MPLA members = $850*. No charge for mentors.
  • Fellows and mentors also pay for their own transportation costs. Individual libraries, state libraries, and associations have assisted attendees with registration and/or transportation costs in the past. It is up to the individual to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

*Includes lodging at double-occupancy rates and all but one evening meal on site. Requests for single-occupancy rooms will be addressed on a case-by-cases basis and will incur extra charges.

Consult Institute Policies for more information on responsibilities and cancellations.

Selection and notification:

Selection and notification: The application period is now closed and the selection process is under way. All applicants will be notified regarding their status by January 31, 2020. Thank you for applying and good luck!

From past institute participants:

  • The MPLA Leadership Institute turned out to be the single most gratifying and relevant experience of my library career.
  • The MPLA Leadership Institute reenergized me professionally and personally, and best of all, it reminded me why I love being a librarian.
  • What an extraordinary opportunity for learning, laughing and leadership!
  • The Institute validated my reasons for remaining where I am and offered me the impetus to analyze my present world and see if or how I need to make changes for the better.
  • The Institute was one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever participated in during my lifetime.

Read more testimonials at http://mpla.us/services/mpla-leadership-institute/leadership-institute-testimonials.html


Yavapai College campus, Prescott Valley, Arizona.


Aubrey Madler

Email: coordinator@mpla.us

Phone: 701-788-4814

Leadership Institute Sponsors

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 2018 MPLA Leadership Institute!

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, Tom Taylor with your questions or to discuss the level that is right for you or your organization.

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