Library Instruction Leadership Academy (with a twist!)

Calling all librarian teachers...

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a unique and exciting twist on the library education series: The Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC).

LILAC 3 consists of a series of online modules, in-person workshops and regional mentoring opportunities designed for new, retooling and pre-service librarians (from all types of libraries - school, public, special, academic) to gain confidence, perspective and practice in library instruction.  LILAC 3 is a partnership between several SUNY libraries and is funded in part by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.  Now gearing up for its largest cohort (and its first statewide academy), LILACs Across New York will begin with a one-day, in-person workshop but then expand its participant cohort online, where all LILAC students will join from across NY regions.

The program will begin in August with an on-site, all-day regional workshop with professional trainers:

  • Tues, Aug 12 – Northern New York Library Network (Potsdam)
  • Wed, Aug 13 – Empire State College (Saratoga Springs)
  • Thurs, Aug 14 – Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (Highland)
  • Tues, Aug 19 – Rochester Regional Library Council (Rochester)
  • Wed, Aug 20 – South Central Regional Library Council (Ithaca)

LILAC participants will then work online in a series of learning modules, observe in-person and online library instruction sessions, and connect with online and in-person mentors.  The eight-week course concludes with participants creating lesson plans and short tutorials that demonstrate what they have learned.  

Our application process is open today!  If you know of someone from any type of library who would be interested in being a LILAC participant, please encourage them to apply or have them ask questions (Kim Hoffman; can also ask questions of your regional contacts for more local information.