Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute



The primary goal of the Institute is to assist in preparing library leaders to provide the highest quality library services to the citizens of Florida in the most effective and innovative manner that will meet today's needs and tomorrow's challenges.

The Institute objectives are to:

Participant Outcomes

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute will improve the participants' abilities to:

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute is built on four professional development foundations:

  1. Core Leadership Competencies
  2. Shared Learning Experiences
  3. Practical Application Assignments
  4. Formal Mentoring
Foundation 1: Core Leadership Competencies
Foundation 2: Shared Learning Experiences

Institute activities include self-assessments, partner sharing, small and large group discussions, and one-on-one engagement with your mentor. Involvement in the planned classroom activities, interactions with your mentor, completion of assignments, and completion of a project that includes other individuals will be essential for your successful professional development.

Foundation 3: Practical Application Assignments

To ensure deeper integration and lasting retention of newly learned knowledge, skills, and abilities, participants will receive assignments to complete on their own, at their workplace, or within their local community.

Foundation 4: Formal Mentoring

Each participant will develop a professional relationship with their mentor, whose primary role is to serve as an advisor, confidant, teacher, resource, sponsor, and cheerleader. Over the 10-month period, the mentee is expected to work with their mentor to refine their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities, and to draw on them as one of many resources to complete their leadership project.


The Institute awards certificates to participants who successfully meet the established criteria.

Certificate of Accomplishment

Certificate of Attendance

Institute Curriculum

The Institute's curriculum is designed by the faculty members. It includes required and recommended readings, practical application assignments, and topic-specific content to guide lectures and discussions.

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Eligible participants

The Institute is open to individuals from all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special). It is designed for professional librarians, as well as those in management positions without a master's degree in Library Science. Candidates should have a minimum of two years professional library experience and a demonstrated successful professional work experience.


The Institute is an intensive and rewarding learning experience that requires significant time, energy, and commitment from participants and their libraries.

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This program, which is valued at $2,500, has no application fee. Upon acceptance, participants will be charged a $195 registration fee.

Transportation and Accommodation Costs

Transportation and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participants or their institutions. Participants must make arrangements for transportation and accommodations themselves. Most participants have been able to commute to sessions within one day. Others, who live either in the northernmost or southernmost parts of Florida, have typically incurred only one night of accommodations costs per session.

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Call for applications: April 1, 2013
Deadline for applications: June 14, 2013
Participant selection notification: August 1, 2013

Enrollment is limited to a total of 40 participants.

Application Form

2013-2014 Application and Director Approval Form

Selection Process

Participants are selected based on:


Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute Schedule

Session Lee County Lake County
1 October 22, 2013
October 24, 2013
2 November 12, 2013
November 14, 2013
3 December 10, 2013
December 12, 2013
4 January 21, 2014
January 23, 2014
5 February 18, 2014
February 20, 2014
6 March 18, 2014
March 20, 2014
7 April 15, 2014
April 17, 2014
8 May 20, 2014
May 22, 2014
9 June 17, 2014
June 19, 2014
10 July 15, 2014 July 17, 2014

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Jill Canono has over 25 years of experience building community collaborations, leading organizational improvement efforts, and facilitating professional development initiatives and programs. She has worked on several continents facilitating learning opportunities for government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses. Most importantly, she loves to learn, laugh, and lead…in that order.

DeEtta Jones provides strategic and organizational development consulting and training in the areas of leadership, management, diversity, and inclusion. DeEtta works with organizations to align systems and performance with business objectives, enhancing peoples' ability to do their best work. She has more than 15 years of experience designing and facilitating training events and presenting for audiences around the world.