SILL: leadership training program for Public librarians

Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL) is a freely foundational leadership training curriculum designed to build leadership and innovation skills for anyone who works in a public library. The training was developed at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in partnership with librarians around the world from Armenia, Bhutan, Haiti, India, Myanmar, Namibia, and Nepal[1]. The project is funded by the Global Libraries Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[2].

SILL was developed to be used by trainers with different levels of training experience and familiarity with the topic. It is also designed to be easily adapted to the local library context and translated into different languages.

The training is divided into 4 interactive modules focusing on Leadership, Innovation, Planning, and Communication, The learning modules are:

1. Leadership Styles for Librarians

This module will define the concept of “leadership” and introduce Goleman’s 6 styles of leadership.

2. Library Leaders as Innovators

This module will introduce library innovation trends, approaches, and strategies.

  3. Library Leaders with a Plan

This module will outline how to create realistic goals and plans

4. Library Leaders as Communicators

Participants will learn about the 4 communication styles and identify the style they use most often. They will also practice communicating with different styles in a work setting.

 

Photo from SILL website

In addition, the training components emphasis on less formal lecture and more focus on group activities and discussions, the components include:

Icebreakers; leaning activities; minis lectures; problem-solving activities; individual handouts and team summaries

In order to start training you should begin by reading the “Getting Started with SILL” guide, which contains all of the information you will need.

This is indeed one of the amazing resources that really deserve to be highlighted and worth seeing as it offers free training program on leadership for all librarians

References:

[1] https://blogs.ifla.org/cpdwl/2019/12/10/cpdwl-podcast-project-episode-3/

[2]https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson-leadership/about/

 

2 Responses to “SILL: leadership training program for Public librarians”


  • What if an academic Librarian or student is interested don’t you give him an opportunity to train. Thank you

    • You can download and use the material as this is open and free to all librarians, not only who works in public library but preferably for those who work in public libraries as mentioned in the website.

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