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Eligible participants

The Institute is:

  • Open to individuals from all types of libraries (public, academic, school and special).
  • Designed for professional librarians, as well as those in management positions without a master's degree in Library Science.

Candidates should have a:

  • Minimum of two years professional library experience.
  • Demonstrated successful professional work experience.
  • Full-time library staff position.


The Institute is an intensive and rewarding learning experience that requires significant time, energy and commitment from participants and their libraries.

  • Participants must commit to attend all 10 sessions.
    • Local institutions must commit to provide support for participants and their attendance.
  • Participants must commit to enter into a mentoring relationship and agree to select and work with a mentor of their choice.
  • Participants will need to complete readings and assignments before each session.
    • Materials will maximize the impact of the training and reinforce application of the concepts.
  • Participants will actively support the goals of the program through a high level of participation.
  • Participants will complete a library leadership project.

For FY2022-23, the percentage of total costs for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute financed with federal money is 66%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $69,484. This program does not include any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.