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Program Details

We all grow together

With its distinctive practical, research-based curriculum, LLEAD is the only 12-month intensive program designed for those working in all types of libraries or information management organizations.  LLEAD's vision is a strong, successful information and library sector. 


To realize that vision, we focus on creating a learning environment in which participants hone the  thinking, approaches, and abilities critical to advance themselves, their colleagues, those for whom they are responsible, and their organizations to the next level. 


Supported by a strong curriculum and experienced learning guides, participants learn and practice new ways of thinking and doing, and build life-long relationships. Diversity, inclusivity, equity and belonging is not a session; these are at LLEAD's core.  We all grow together. Our individual and collective knowledge, resilience and critical thinking moves us to the next level for our libraries, organizations, and sector. 


Together we are developing the insights and know-how required to influence strategic outcomes at the organizational, community, campus and corporate levels, and reach LLEAD’s vision.

The program launches with a virtual welcoming for the cohort in December, followed by a residential intensive:

LLEAD5: January 15 - 20, 2023
@ UBC's Loon Lake Koerner Forestry Centre
LLEAD6: January 7-12, 2024
@ UBC's Loon Lake Koerner Forestry Centre


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Residential Intensive

Pandemic permitting, we begin with a residential intensive at the UBC Loon Lake Retreat Centre, January 15 (arrival @ 3:00pmPT) - January 20, 2023 (we finish at noonPT). Actually - your preparation will begin in November 2022 with a virtual welcoming session in December 2022!


At the residential, you'll start to work on their own project; address a complex case study based on actual situations in a collaborative team; dive into Mintzberg's five managerial mindsets. You'll be guided by qualified, trained learning guides and coaches from innovative public and academic libraries who work with you throughout LLEAD - and often after graduation​.

Discussions are grounded in confidentiality agreements and geared to building self-efficacy, confidence and self-awareness, as well as learning to collaborate and influence effectively.​

Twelve Live Virtual Sessions

In February 2023 we begin our live virtual sessions. We meet virtually for 2 or 3 hours (curriculum dependent) every third Friday - it works out to 12 virtual, interactive sessions. Preparation is required for each session.


Typical Agenda
  • a member presents their issue to a small group to practice problem-solving using Wise Counsel methodology (with a deep respect for confidentiality), feedback and listening

  • members discuss their projects with LLEAD colleagues and mentors - seeking advice, talking through issues, etc.

  • an authority in a specific topic teaches and guides the discussion of the topic. Topics range from decision-making to project management and stakeholder assessment to power, governance and influencing the influencers. ​


One of LLEAD's requirements is that you complete a project for your organization (either the parent organization or your department), or for the library and information sector. More information is here.



​At the end of the program, in November 2023, we gather virtually joined by the managers who have supported the members. ​Each member presents their project.


Most importantly, we celebrate your accomplishments and acknowledge your graduation to the next stage of your career.


Monique Liddle

Manager Operations

North Vancouver Public Library


“LLEAD was a pivotal turning point in my library career. The Loon Lake Intensive served as a chance to start the process of self awareness critical to my growth as a leader, while having the chance to bond with my fellow LLEAD participants and mentors, all of whom have become a trusted circle of support since well after the program ended.” 

- 2016 LLEAD Grad

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