We ask that you work on a project or initiative for your organization or the sector. It should address a real need or issue for and be sponsored by your manager or a sector leader. Why? Well, because work-related projects report to a sponsor or steering committee.
Some LLEAD members have completed projects for a library or information sector association, in which cases the sponsor has been the association executive director.
Why a project at all?
For you to:
pull together all elements of LLEAD
purposefully use the five managerial mindsets, deepening your mastery of the framework
address an organizational or sector issue that is meaningful for you and important to your organization, manager or sponsor
influence and collaborate with a range of stakeholders and/or partners in a variety of departments or functions
manage a project that results in practical deliverables to a real situation (probably after LLEAD ends).
Examples of projects undertaken by LLEAD students:
Virtual training and development site for a large public library that provides a consistent approach throughout the system for onboarding new employees and continuous development of all staff.
Comprehensive needs assessment for an additional library branch including: potential locations, and service delivery model, and communication plan for council and city staff, etc.
Proposal for the creation of a new division at a research university library that will integrate research data management, digital publishing, data services, digital repositories, and preservation
Report on and recommendations for a public library regarding its integrated library system
Dr. Shailoo Bedi
Executive Director, Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation, University of Victoria
Having cohort members from a variety of library systems and library types really added to the experience. I enjoyed learning more about the academic libraries and their roles and organizations - during wise counsel sessions it almost always offered a completely different perspective on the issue. I was also able to better understand how/why senior administration made certain decisions that perhaps I didn't understand at the time.
2020 LLEAD Graduate