In the fall of 2012, the pilot program for the Innovation Leadership Program completed, and recruitment began for the first two-year program. The current cohort of Residents and Fellows is now underway, and will complete their terms in January of 2015. Over the next two years, this cohort will embark upon many new and invigorating initiatives to meet the goals and outcomes listed below.

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) Innovation Leadership Program (ILP) is a Fellowship and Residency program designed to:

Attract and inspire recent library school graduates (Residents) to public librarianship, and

Develop strong executive leadership skills in LAPL middle managers (Fellows).

The Fellows and Residents have the opportunity to design and implement an innovative program that improves the services offered by LAPL. The first large-scale public library residency in the U.S., the ILP is also unique in its collaboration between Fellows and Residents. After an initial pilot in 2012, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) received private funding to launch and operate a two-year residency program at LAPL.

The program gives LAPL middle managers experience in developing outcomes that support and advance the goals of the Library and the profession at large. At the same time, Fellows will refine their leadership, communication and mentoring skills.

Residents will gain experience in various areas of public librarianship, and have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest. Residents will then work with their Fellows to create and direct an innovative program that supports and advances the goals of the library and the profession at large.

Fellows gain executive leadership experience by taking an active role in the ILP Advisory Committee, advising and mentoring a Resident in project management, budgeting, creating outcomes that benefit the Library and its communities in an innovative way, presenting analysis of the program and outcomes to the ILP Advisory Committee and to LAPL’s Quarterly General Information Meetings, and undergoing formal leadership training.

Residents are exposed to a variety of professional specializations, such as acquisitions, collection development, genealogy research, international language reference, digitization of materials, and services to children and teens. As part of their residency project, the Residents also gain in-depth experience in a specialization of their choice by working with their Fellows to develop, present and implement a project proposal that benefits the Library and its communities in an innovative way. While developing the residency project, the Resident gains specific experience in budgeting, project management, time management, grant writing, communication, developing internal and community partnerships, and undergoing formal leadership training.