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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Master degree in information or library science?

No. LLEAD is designed to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of libraries and information-intensive organizations in all areas. Ideal participants are those working in team leadership or managerial roles in any department from services, operations, planning, human resources, IT, finance or any functional departments.  We have students with post-graduate degrees in public policy, information security, and certifications in human resources, web design and marketing. 

Is LLEAD only for those in Canada?

No. LLEAD was initiated by the forward-looking BC Public Library InterLINK, and piloted in BC.  But LLEAD has always been designed for the library and information sector from anywhere.  

I have noticed that you have a research-based curriculum; what is the research?

Dr. Ken Haycock and Rebecca Jones designed the curriculum based on research Ken conducted as Dean of the Masters of Information and Library Science programs at University of British Columbia and at San Jose State University.  Ken was a co-designer and instructor with Ernie Ingles (now sadly deceased) of the renowned Northern Executive Leadership Institute (always referred to as NELI) for the library profession.  LLEAD is constantly reviewing the most recent research leadership and management development programs. Our curriculum is carefully scrutinized and reshaped to reflect current research and is responsive to student feedback as well as local, national, and global developments and trends.

Is LLEAD accredited?

The curriculum is based on Mintzberg and Gosling’s Five Managerial Mindsets work.   Like most leadership development programs, the curriculum is not accredited by a post-secondary institution and students receive a certificate rather than a degree. 


What happens at the Loon Lake Intensive?

Students work together throughout the Intensive on the topics and on case studies based on actual situations experienced by libraries and organizations. The curriculum is framed by the Five Managerial Mindsets. Two learning guides reflect on their careers and lives every evening,

What happens in the virtual classes?

  1. Creating our virtual learning environment for the day (based on Priya Parker’s work);

  2. Check-in on how people applied the learnings of the previous session (this may have been establishing boundaries, having a crucial conversation, confirming their project deliverables with the sponsor, etc.);

  3. Lecture and discussions (both small group and large group) of the session’s main topic;

  4. Wise Counsel for 4 or 5 students; this is a decision-making or problem-solving methodology adapted from Liberating Structures

Does everyone need to travel to the in-person Intensive?

Yes, the Intensive is for everyone and the fee for accommodations and food is covered in the tuition; students are responsible for their transportation to the Centre.  LLEAD7's in-person Intensive is at The Loon Lake Centre in BC; LLEAD8's in-person Intensive will be at a southern Ontario university.  These locations are ideal with teaching facilities, comfortable accommodations, nature surroundings and fantastic food! We have had students from Ontario (from Toronto Public Library; National Research Council; Ontario Library Association, University of Toronto), British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Saipan, Kenya, and Manitoba. 



LLEAD was a transformative experience for me. It is the only leadership program I have participated in that recognizes the equal importance of exploring key leadership topics like change management, labour relations, and the future of libraries, while also empowering participants to network and learn from the experiences of peers and established library leaders from across the country. As an emerging leader in one of the largest library systems in Canada, LLEAD has provided me with the confidence, skill, and experience to be able to immediately add value to my teams and projects. I truly believe that I left the program as a stronger, wiser, and more connected leader than when I began, and I know that the relationships and learnings that came out of LLEAD will continue to impact my future career long past the official “end” of the program."

LLEAD 2020 Grad

Jenny Fry

Director Learning, Programs & Partnerships

Surrey Public Library

LLEAD Grad 2018

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