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NCLA 2022 Leadership Institute

Cultivating and Inspiring NC Library Leaders

September 13-16, 2022
Black Mountain, North Carolina

The North Carolina Library Association (NCLA), with support from the State Library of North Carolina, will hold the 2022 NCLA Leadership Institute September 13-16, 2022 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Application deadline TBA. Check back soon for more information!

The Institute is an intensive four-day residential event that will take place at Black Mountain YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. In addition to this four-day event, participation in the Leadership Institute requires the following: a one-year commitment to engage in a group mentor/mentee relationship, attendance at a one-day follow up session (date and location TBD), and participation in the 2023 NCLA Biennial Conference at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

We look forward to this experience with a new group of future North Carolina library leaders. A typical cohort consists of about 24 participants selected through a competitive application process. Multiple applicants from the same institution or system will be considered.


The mission of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Leadership Institute is to create opportunities for learning and skill building in leadership and mentoring. The Institute will cultivate an improved understanding of self and others while inspiring participants to serve in leadership roles within the profession at local, state, and national levels.


To participate in the NCLA Leadership Institute, you must be (1) a member of NCLA and (2) currently employed by a North Carolina library. We are seeking participants who desire to grow and positively influence the profession. All interested librarians and library staff are encouraged to apply.

Project Component

An integral part of the NCLA Leadership Institute is the selection by the participant and the sponsoring library of a project that will engage the participant for up to a year after the Institute. Participants are expected to work with their library administrators in advance of the Institute on the identification of possible projects. The projects should be developed by the participants in response to community and/or organizational needs and approved and supported by the library but should not be assigned by the library.

The application does not include the identification and preliminary design of a project.  The projects will not be a major focus during the residential portion of the Institute but they will be addressed through discussion of project design ideas and the opportunity to talk to the Institute facilitators and mentors.


Cost of the Institute, which includes registration, housing and all meals, is $450*. It is preferred that institutional support be provided; however, scholarship opportunities may be available through NCLA sections for those unable to secure financial support. Participants and/or their libraries are responsible for transportation to and from the Institute. The fee does not cover registration for the 2023 NCLA Biennial Conference to showcase results of Leadership Institute projects or the cost for time and resources needed to design and implement projects.

*Due to the generosity of the State Library of North Carolina, NCLA is able to offer a reduced tuition for the Leadership Institute.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact Juli Moore at


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