MILE, the Minnesota Library Association

Institute for Leadership Excellence

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You should apply if...

  • you are in a new leadership position

  • you want to work towards entering a leadership position or role

  • you find yourself providing leadership even though your official position might not be in leadership

What is MILE?

The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) is a subunit of MLA that gives participants an opportunity to grow leadership skills, connect with library professionals from around Minnesota, and be paired with a mentor.

MILE helps you discover the leader within yourself and learn to lead effectively today—even if your current position is not one of leadership.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and refine leadership skills

  • Develop and improve your professional and personal goals

  • Network and connect with peers in the library community

  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional, and state levels

  • Meet and connect with your individually selected mentor

What happens at MILE?

MILE 2022 will be held at the beautiful Sugar Lake Lodge near the Chippewa National Forest in Northern Minnesota. During the conference you will meet fellow emerging library leaders from across the state and participate in workshops, mentor meetings, and discuss leadership, no matter what your current library position is.

Tuition, application, and specifics about the curriculum are forthcoming.

Additionally, the cohort of MILE 2022 will put your leadership skills to work as you and your colleagues plan MILE 2024.