The iSchool Institute offers continuing education certificate programs and online distance learning courses to Information Professionals based in Canada through the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.
Please visit http://learn.utoronto.ca/ischool to learn more or register.
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Public Library Leaders Fellowship Program (PLLF)
The Public Library Leadership Fellows (PLLF) Program is an innovative executive leadership program designed by respected library leaders, delivered in partnership with the iSchool Institute at the University of Toronto and sponsored by CULC/CBUC. As identified at CLA’s 8Rs Human Resources Summit, public library leadership is at a critical crossroads as fewer and fewer candidates posses the mandatory competencies of leadership and managerial skills. The PLLF Program has carefully structured its course offerings to include focused professional development, networking opportunities, executive level mentoring and library site visits.
Program curriculum is based on self-assessment, discussion, analysis and exploration with sponsoring public library leaders and CEOs facilitating programs designed to integrate participants’ learning objectives with “big picture” issues that will impact the future of public libraries. Fellows will
- enhance their professional skills and base of experience;
- review and discuss the major challenges and pressures facing public libraries;
- create networks to further facilitate discussion of issues and current trends;
- expand their understanding of the dynamics and politics associated with municipal and public service in leading North American public libraries;
- identify research and innovation opportunities to support the future direction of public libraries;
- and develop an understanding of the skills required to become a successful Chief Librarian/CEO and senior administrator of a public library.
Each of the six focus areas will be strategically aligned with a library site visit and will draw on research and case studies focusing on the planning, financial and other associated c-level responsibilities. Program instructors are representative of the industry’s most respected leaders. The program includes 24 hours of instruction, four hours per focus area, in addition to assigned readings, peer discussion and site visits.
- Leadership in technology visioning, collaboration and implementation including selected legal and regulatory issues pertaining to licensing and other contractual arrangements, emerging service design issues and technology in strategic planning.
- Leadership based on personal strengths including identifying unique personal strengths and recruitment and development of effective teams.
- Issues in human resource development including trends and issues in collective bargaining as well as succession management.
- Issues in finance including budget and capital facilities planning as well as key issues in municipal operating and capital budgets.
- Governance and government relations including recruitment and development of library boards and government relations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
- Partnerships, collaborations, and advocacy including development of partnership opportunities, evidence-based advocacy and strategic collaborations to advance mission and equity
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