Information on the LEADS application & selection process coming in 2019.

The PNLA Leadership Institute is one of the critical activities of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. To date, over 200 individuals have gone back to their libraries, library systems, and communities equipped with leadership and management skills to help guide their libraries in this time of tremendous and constant change.
If you are an emerging leader serving in any capacity in a library in the Pacific Northwest and have a desire to network with other leaders and increase your skills, this Institute is for you. Applications for future PNLA Leads will be available on the PNLA website.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Currently employed in a library
  • At least five years work in any library setting
  • Current member of PNLA or affiliated state/provincial library association
  • A completed application packet
  • A recommendation, based on leadership potential and abilities, by sponsoring library which also indicates the level of support

Selection Process:

Applicants will be evaluated by the leadership institute committee consisting of the institute coordinator and PNLA board which includes state/provincial representatives to PNLA. The total invited applicants will be 32. Two alternates will also be selected to fill potential vacancies due to illness, other personal emergencies, or changes in circumstance. The 32 attendees will be joined by eight mentors, current library leaders from throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Fort Worden is located in Port Townsend, WA.  It’s an easy two hour trip from Seattle and three hours from Vancouver, B.C. The retreat atmosphere ensures release from the demands of everyday professional life and guarantees minimal distractions for participants to make the most of the week-long intensive institute. PNLA Leads participants are expected to attend the week-long institute without family members. Further information about the facility is available at:  http://fortworden.org/


Registration fees: $1000/person. Registration includes: lodging, meals, institute materials and activities. Attendees pay own transportation costs.

Individual libraries, state/provincial libraries and state/provincial associations may be able to assist attendees with registration and/or transportation costs. It is up to the individual attendee to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

For questions about PNLA Leads or the application process, please contact Rick Stoddart via this link.