Leadership Institute Fellow Application

2023 MPLA Leadership Institute
May 7-12, 2023
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO 

The MPLA Leadership Institute is back!  Invitations were extended to the cohort from the canceled 2020 institute, and now there are 7 open slots for the 2023 cohort.

The MPLA Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan.  Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association.  She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program. 

Direct your questions to Leslie Langley: leadership@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
  • 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
  • Employed in a Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, or Montana library entity (states currently not represented in the institute)
  • 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 = $1000* (paid memberships for 2021-2022); Non-MPLA members = $1100*. 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.

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


The Institute will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.  Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the 860-acre facility is 65 miles northwest of Denver and is surrounded on three sides by the magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park.  See http://ymcarockies.org/.  


Leslie Langley

Email: leadership@mpla.us