One of LLEAD's requirements is that members complete a project.
Why a project?
The project must address a need or issue for your organization or for the library and/or information sector, and it must be sponsored by your manager or a sector leader. Some LLEAD members have completed projects for a library or information sector association, in which cases the sponsor has been the association executive director. In reality, every project has a steering committee, sponsor or 'owner', which is why your project for LLEAD must have a sponsor.
The purpose of the project is to provide you with an opportunity to:
pull together all elements of LLEAD
purposefully use the five managerial mindsets, deepening your mastery of the framework
address an organizational or sector need or 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
work with your manager or sponsor, reporting to them about the project and about your progress through LLEAD.
Examples of projects undertaken by LLEAD students:
Updated, virtual training and development site for a large CULC/CBUC public library that provides a consistent approach throughout the system for onboarding new employees through to leadership development options
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 Canadian 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 (ILS) – replace or continue?
Dr. Shailoo Bedi
Curriculum Designer and Mentor
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