APLL Graduates

To date, 92 individuals have completed APLL and an additional 35 will finish in summer 2020 (and receive their certificates at the 2021 OLA Super Conference).

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Of the graduates:

  • A total of 12 graduates (9.4%) have become a CEO either during or following the program, attributing some of their readiness and success to APLL
  • A further 6 have been an Acting CEO for at least a few months, sometimes for as long as a year
  • Additionally, 16 individuals have been promoted and taken on new and greater responsibilities, during or following APLL, and in at least a couple of cases, because of APLL
  • A total of 81 libraries (including 2 in northern Ontario), plus two provincial organizations (OLA and OLS – North) have, or have had, an APLL graduate or participant on staff, either when they were in the program or following
  • As part of the program, each APLL participant completed a local library project that was of concrete benefit to his or her library. Examples include:

    • an online Tech2Go curriculum for all staff
    • a detailed project plan to guide staff efforts to set up and ready a new branch facility
    • a style guide for social media and promotional materials
    • various policies and procedures related to the launch of a new service
    • a team building initiative to inspire and motivate the staff of a very busy branch, including part-timers.
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APLL graduates report that as a result of taking APLL, they:

  • Have more confidence in their own abilities, especially leadership and speaking with authority
  • Spend more times thinking things through before acting, therefore acting more deliberately and strategically
  • Rely on knowledge, skills and abilities they learned in APLL
  • Cultivate relationships as a core leadership practice
  • Value and continue to turn to the strong professional network created by going through the program as a cohort.
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A few impact statements: