Leadership & Management Academy

The New York Library Association’s Library Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three-year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. Qualifying courses will be offered at the NYLA Annual Conference (Oct./Nov.), in conjunction with NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day (Feb./Mar.) and during the month of June.

Core Courses: Each of the core courses is required for graduation; and are divided into three groupings – Leadership, Management and Essential Skills.


  • Leadership
  • Partnerships, Collaborations & Relationships
  • Strategic Planning


  • Human Resources
  • Legal Issues
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Facility & Building Management, Space Usage & Design

Essential Skills

  • Communication & Presentation Skills
  • The Customer Experience

Special Project: Three hours of program credit (1/2 day) is awarded for completion of a special project.  The special project is intended to demonstrate understanding of the program content.
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Who should attend The Academy? The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelors Degree or two years of library experience and an MLS. The Library Leadership and Management Academy is open only to NYLA members and costs $800. For more information and to apply please visit http://bit.ly/2p2tNNL