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APLL - Fundamentals (T1A)


The APLL Institute is a two year certificate program designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers. A new cohort moves through the program every two years, making their way through 12 online courses and attending highly interactive classroom sessions twice a year where participants learn together from expert presenters and from each other. In year two, participants embark upon a project, a new initiative that will be of real benefit to their library and an important opportunity to practice new leadership behaviors.  Mentoring throughout the project planning and implementation is available for those who wish to be matched with a mentor.   

Click Register (for the course S18APLL1A-1)  to enroll in  the 2020 cycle of APLL (participants will finish  the program in 2020).

The registration fee for the two year program is $3,600 plus HST. This cost covers:

  • 10 online courses 
  • all meal and accommodation costs for classroom sessions; and
  • presenters’ fees and materials for the classroom sessions. 
The year one fee of $1,800 plus HST is due at the time of registration; year two’s fees are due by June 30, 2019.  

Registration Deadline is August 29th 2018.

Each two year cycle of APLL is unique, adapting to the participants and the current climate in libraries. However, the program structure remains constant, consisting of an introductory course, followed by courses in two streams: Organizational Leadership; and Leading in the Municipal Environment. At the end of the program, successful participants will have earned a Certificate in Public Library Leadership awarded by SOLS and presented at the 2021 OLA conference.

Courses are developed and presented by experts within the public library community, as well as the municipal and not-for-profit sectors. Experts involved in the APLL curriculum have  included:
  • Rebecca Raven, CEO, Brampton Libraries and founder of the Public Libraries Leadership Program sponsored by CULC
  • Nigel Bellchamber and Fred Dean, with extensive experience training municipal staff and elected officials
  • Brian Lambie, media expert who serves as the media contact for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
  • Robert Hubsher and Karen Watson, an expert team with years of experience planning library facilities.
  • Rebecca Jones, renowned library consultant with Dysart & Jones
Most online courses last four weeks, and coursework typically takes between 15 to 20 hours. These courses are complemented by in-person intensives.  A more detailed outline of the program is available on


  • Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 00:00
  • End: Thursday, December 31, 2020 23:59
  • Type: Online
  • Class Status: Open
  • Cost: $1800 + HST/year; $3600 + HST total