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Leadership program for library professionals with less than five years of experience

This TLA leadership program is designed for library professionals with less than five years of experience. This year, Launch will be a fully virtual program. Participants will learn and expand leadership skills which will serve them throughout their careers through group work, self-directed learning, and internal reflection.  Each session will be taught by a dynamic leader in the field.

NOTE: Due to the winter storm, the Friday, February 19 LAUNCH class has been postponed to Friday, February 26. The final LAUNCH class will be Friday, March 5.

Dates
January 29 through February 26.

Format
The five-week course will consist of weekly online meetings 1-4 pm on Fridays, with homework in between. Homework will consist of readings, videos, and small group work. The class is limited to 40 students.

Topics
Communication (Crucial Conversations; Networking)
Emotional Intelligence and Influence
Teamwork
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Social Justice
Change Management

Registration Rates
$145 TLA members            $195 non-members

Purpose
To provide introductory leadership training to emerging leaders in the library profession.

Goals

  • Expand understanding on leadership topics: communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, change management, equity, diversity and inclusion, and influence.
  • Collaborate with library professionals from all library types in a virtual environment.

Student Learning Outcomes
Through group work, self-directed learning, and internal reflection, students will: 

  • Increase awareness of personal leadership capacity and influence.
  • Explore effective interpersonal communication strategies.
  • Enhance teamwork and collaboration skills. 
  • Apply leadership knowledge and skills to a changing environment. 
  • Explore Equity, Diversity & Inclusion concepts and strategies to apply in your leadership practice.

The Texas Library Association is deeply grateful to the Launch Instructors for volunteering their time and talents to this program:

  • Becky Calzada, Leander ISD
  • Kate Horan, McAllen Public Library
  • Irena Klaic, Austin Community College
  • Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels Public Library

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or transfers/substitutions must be emailed to cancel@txla.org at least five (5) days prior to the event. Cancellations will receive a refund, minus a 20% handling fee. If you do not cancel or transfer prior to five (5) business days before the event, the entire fee is non-refundable. Refunds may take up to 30 business days following an event to process.

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