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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. 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.

“I had a fantastic time and learned so much that I will be able to take back with me to work for myself and for my coworkers. The pride I have been working on this year was solidified by this experience and makes me even more sure that my career change is one of the best decisions I have made.” – Ashley, Library Specialist

Date: July 27 – 29

Location: Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr., Austin, Texas.

Book your hotel before July 6.  Room rate is $169.

Cost: $249 TLA members; $279 non-members

CPE: 10.75 hours

Register today!

Deadline to register is Thursday, July 25.

Need to email your supervisor about attending LAUNCH? Customize this email that you can use to communicate with your supervisor about your interest in attending.


Saturday, July 27 

4:00 – 5:00pm     Welcome & Introductions
5:00 – 6:00pm     Networking Happy Hour

Sunday, July 28 

7:30 – 8:00am       Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15am       Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
9:15 – 9:30am        Debrief
9:30 – 10:45am     Emotional Intelligence
10:45 – 11:00am    Break
11:00am – noon    Teamwork and Collaboration
Noon – 1:00pm      Lunch
1:00 – 2:30pm       Networking/Professional Learning Network
2:30 – 2:45pm       Debrief
2:45 – 3:30pm       Personal Power and Influence
3:30 – 3:45pm       Break
3:45 – 4:45pm       Panel Conversation (Q&A)
4:45 – 5:00pm      Closing Discussion

Monday, July 29   

7:30 – 8:00am     Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00am     Imposter Syndrome, Vocational Awe, and Work/Life Balance
9:00 – 9:15am      Debrief
9:15 – 11:00am    Crucial Conversations
11:00am – Noon  Lunch
12:00 – 1:00pm    Panel Conversation (Q&A)
1:00 – 2:00pm      Reflection and Action Plan
2:00 – 2:15pm      Closing Remarks/Adjourn


  • Expand understanding on leadership topics: equity, diversity, and inclusion, communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, 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.

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