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DLCL Meets In-Person

A guest post by Danis Kreimeier

Developing Leaders in California Libraries (DLCL) met in-person Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 in Oakland. After meeting remotely since September, it was obvious that cohort members were excited to be together for the first time in person, as the volume in the meeting room rose quickly in an enthusiastic rumbling.

Engagement was high and rose even more with the first activity focused on getting to know the coaches. (As a part of the DLCL program coaches are available to cohort members.) Coaches and cohort members talked together in a modified speed dating format, with the coaches rotating from table to table, sharing their philosophy and getting to know one another.

“Connecting with this year’s new cohort of Developing Leaders was invigorating. It was an honor to witness these leaders collaborate on how we can better serve our communities and become strong allies. The future of libraries is bright!” Coach Mandy Nasr, Director, Camarillo Public Library

Following coach speed dating we participated in a world café exercise exploring what elements and qualities are inherent in equitable leadership. The focus was on answering the question, What are the qualities, values, and skills that a leader should embrace in order to increase equitable outcomes within the library community? (Learn more about the World Cafe.)

Authenticity, accountability, respect, embracing differences, mindfulness, tenacity, I’m sure all these words make sense to you as you consider the qualities of leadership. The challenge is how do we take these qualities into our workplace and communities? That’s something else that DLCL cohort members discussed. Conversation included recognition that authentic leadership requires self-knowledge, the willingness to be vulnerable, and to see setbacks or failures as an opportunity to grow and learn. It doesn’t matter where you are in your organization, anyone can be a leader and an ally. “Leading from behind” can be one of the most transformative ways to evolve an organization. And it’s not just for extroverts, it comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

As we learned during the session on Allyship, we may get it wrong sometimes, but that’s no reason not to try. Learning to work through the uncomfortableness and have authentic encounters is a key skill set in developing all the other tools. But with vision, courage and strength we can grow.

What’s next for the DLCL cohort members? They will participate in teams over the next several months on a leadership challenge project. These projects will focus on community assets and challenges and designing community-based services that reflect those.

“The library, via its incredible and inspirational staff, is at the forefront of many for the conversations that shape our future. The library is a source for connection to people, community, culture, and ubiquitous learning.” Coach Marissa Murphy-Becerra

Learn more about Developing Leaders in California Libraries and find out how you can be a part of this forward looking initiative.

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Leadership Development with California Library Staff

As of Aug 2022, the Developing Leaders in California Libraries was merged into the California Libraries Learn (CALL) project.

Leadership Cohorts 2022/23 (Applications are now closed for these opportunities)

In 2022-2023 the Developing Leaders program consists of two cohorts which will work together during the program cycle.

The Leadership Development Learning Cohort is designed to help all levels of library staff build equity and community-based leadership skills. Those selected for this cohort are engaging in synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. These include bi-weekly Zoom sessions, activities such as reading about equity-based leadership topics and engaging in online discussion forums, and three in-person meetings.

The Leadership Challenge Cohort is designed to give those with leadership skills and those new to leadership the chance to work in teams to learn about community assets and challenges. Areas of focus will be jointly determined by Leadership Challenge teams who will work from fall 2022 through spring 2023 to design services that respond to identified assets and challenges. Teams will present their projects in the spring of 2023. (More information will be available on these presentations in 2023.)

All those participating in the 2022-2023 DLCL initiative will have the opportunity for coaching and mentoring from leaders across California. Coaches and mentors will work with Learner Cohort members on an as needed basis. Leadership Challenge teams will be coached and mentored throughout their process.

You can learn more about the Leadership Learner Cohort via this FAQ and learn more about the Leadership Challenge by reading this FAQ. See the full list of 2022-2023 Learner Cohort and Leadership Challenge Cohort members on this page.

For information and archived recordings from previous years of the Developing Leaders project please visit the archival website.

Leadership for All

All California library staff are invited to visit the CALL events calendar for professional development and leadership learning opportunities under the Leadership for All banner, including the My Leadership Journey series hosted by Robert Karatsu. You will also find numerous self-paced learning opportunities around leadership in the CALL Academy under the Leadership/Management category.

Learner Cohort

Arsine Ansryan, Burbank Public Library
Cherie Buenaflor, Pleasanton Public Library
Nicole Cooksey- Voytenko,
Meghan Croll, Sonoma State University
Olivia Elb, Colusa County Library
Ted Kane, Buena Park Library District
Courtney Kesinger, OC Public Libraries
Alma Madrigal-Ward, Madera County Public Library
Susie Quinn, Walnut Public Library
Megan Ralston-Munger, Montery Park Bruggemeyer Library
Heidi von Mayrhauser, Lost Altos Library
Tamiko Welch, Los Angeles Public Library
Cloud Whorl, Moreno Valley Public Library
Katrena Woodson, Palos Verdes Library District
Taylor Ytuarte, Chula Vista Public Library

Leadership Challenge Cohort

Carmen Letona-Adams, San Mateo County Libraries
Amy Trulock, LA County Library
Natalie Vega, Chula Vista Public Library
Dee Winn, UCLA

Coaches/Mentors

Ivan Aguirre, Riverside County Library System
Marissa Murphy Becerra
Todd Deck, Sacramento Public Library
Robert Karatsu, Retired
Fin Lee, Alhambra Library
Akilah Manuel Mills, Lodi Public Library
Mandy Nasr, Camarillo Public Library

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Developing Leaders in California Libraries 2022-2023

Applications are now open for the California Library Association 2022-2023 Developing Leaders in California Libraries initiative. In 2022-2023 the program consists of two cohorts which will work together during the program cycle.


The Leadership Development Learning Cohort is designed to help all levels of library staff build equity- and community-based leadership skills. Approximately 20 library staff will be selected for the cohort. Those selected will engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities that will include bi-weekly Zoom sessions, activities such as reading and posting on discussion forums, and three in person sessions: November 30 – December 1, 2022, February 22 – 23, 2023, and June 1, 2023. The locations for the December and February face-to-face events are to be determined. The June 1st event will take place during the California Library Association Conference in Sacramento. (All travel costs for the in-person events will be covered by the project.) Office hours for those interested in applying for the Learning Cohort will take place on August 30th at 2PM. Registration for the office hours is available. A Leadership Learning cohort FAQ and a complete schedule of activities is available. Applications are due by 5PM Pacific September 15, 2022.


The Leadership Challenge Cohort is designed to give those with leadership skills and those new to leadership the chance to work in teams on learning about and designing solutions for challenges faced by California libraries and communities. Approximately 20 library leaders will be selected for the Learning Challenge cohort. These cohort members will join with Leadership Learning cohort members to determine an area of focus and integrate leadership skills into the process of developing solutions in the chosen challenge area. Leadership Challenge cohort members will be required to attend the February 22-23, 2023 event and the June 1, 2023 event. (All travel costs for the in-person events will be covered by the project. Attendance at other virtual and face-to-face learning opportunities is optional for Leadership Challenge cohort members) A FAQ for those interested in the Leadership Challenge is available and applications for the Leadership Challenge are due on September 15, 2022 by 5PM Pacific.

If you have questions about the 2022-2023 Developing Leaders in California Libraries opportunities get in touch with Linda W, Braun, project lead, lbraun@leonline.com.