2022 BCALA Leadership Institute

BCALA is hosting its first ever Leadership Institute!  Calling all LIS students and early career library professionals  to participate in this inaugural event!  Hear from library leaders across the United States as they share their leadership experience and expertise. The inaugural leadership institute will be a mix of workshops, panels, facilitated discussions and presentations.  The Institute will convene April 12-14, 2022 in Durham, NC.   Participants will arrive the evening of Tuesday, April 12; participate in a full day of activities Wednesday, April 13; convene for a half day Thursday, April 14 and then depart.

We are pleased to announce that North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences has partnered with BCALA to sponsor the Virtual Lunch Panel: Learning from Leaders Within the Field!



Our full list of speakers include:

  • Kelvin Watson, Executive Director of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
  • Tracie D. Hall, American Library Association Executive Director
  • Shannon Bland, Branch Manager, Charles County Public Library, Founder @Blacklibrarians
  • Akilah S. Nosakhere, Executive Director, Muncie Public Library
  • Andrew Sekou, Professor
  • Satia Marshall Orange, Retired Librarian
  • Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant, ALA President 2018-2019
  • Ray Pun, Librarian in the Bay Area, CA
  • Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services
  • Dr. Aisha Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach
  • Tina Rollins, Library Director, Hampton University
  • Judie  Hawley Conley, Esq,, General Counsel
  • Dr. Lori Haight, Career Services Lead, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Purpose: The BCALA Leadership Institute provides an opportunity for LIS students/early career library professionals to develop and nurture leadership skills and connect with and learn from established leaders within the field.  Specifically, attendees will hear from current and past national leaders, local library leaders and participate in facilitated activities to ascertain leadership expertise, explore future leadership possibilities and understand personal leadership growth opportunities.  By the end of the 1.5 day event, participants will leave with actionable takeaways on how to further their professional and personal  leadership goals.


  • Provide opportunities for emerging leaders to develop leadership skills
  • Provide opportunities for intergenerational networking among library students and early career library professionals focused on leadership development


For more information, contact the event’s program planner [email protected].