Develop Your Leadership Skills!

Update: The Emerging Leaders Application due date is extended to November 21st. 

This opportunity is open to librarians who have been working professionally for less than 5 years, and working in New Jersey for less than 5 years. This program will consist of five full-day sessions from January through May. Presenters with various backgrounds within the NJ library community, and beyond will lead discussions and interactive sessions that will encourage attendees to learn about leadership, explore their own leadership style while networking with other emerging leaders. Attendees will also meet State Library and NJLA leaders and learn about the structure of NJLA. Additional topics will be announced; the sessions will be on January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18.

The cost of the five sessions is $400; registration fee covers lunch and the cost of materials. Meetings will be held at various public library locations in New Jersey from 9:30am-3pm; participants agree to attend all five days of sessions. Space is limited!

Upon completion of the Emerging Leaders Program, participants agree to volunteer for an NJLA committee or section for 2 years, 2023-2025. Attendance at the Annual NJLA Conference is highly recommended.

To apply, submit a letter of application, a resume, and a statement of support signed by your Supervisor to [email protected]. NJLA membership required to apply.

The deadline for applications is November 21, 2022.

Applicants will be notified by November 28, 2022.

Session Locations:
Session 1, January 19: Bernards Township Library - 32 S Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Session 2, February 16: New Jersey State Library, 185 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608
Session 3, March 16: Essex County Community College, 303 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102
Session 4, April 20: Hillsborough Public Library, 379 South Branch Rd. Hillsborough, , NJ 08844
Session 5, May 18: Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Sponsored by NJLA Professional Development Committee, Eric Schwarz and Neil Grimes, Co-Chairs
Leadership & Education Subcommittee, Cassie Collucci, Chair and Jen Sulligan, Vice-Chair