NELLS 2023 Information

To better serve all levels of library workers, NELLS is currently working with a three tiered approach. For 2023, the NELLS program will be for Tier 2 - NELLS II: Mid-Career Leadership library workers and will be held at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT on April 24th - 27th.

The application deadline is February 17th. You must have an active NELA membership to apply for any of the NELLS programs.

2023 NELLS II: Mid-Career Leadership More Details & Application

Tier 1: NELLS: Emerging Leaders | Tier 2: NELLS II: Mid-Career Leadership | Tier 3: NELLS III: Advanced Leadership | Past NELLS ParticipantsNELLS Chair


Tier 1 - NELLS: Emerging Leaders

This program is designed to be an introduction to library leadership.  It is most appropriate for early to mid-career library workers who have demonstrated potential to become leaders in the field, or who aspire to hold leadership positions.  A Master’s degree in Library Science is not required in order to participate.

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Tier 2 - NELLS II: Mid-Career Leadership

The purpose of this four-day intensive training program (previously known as NELLS I) is to foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS II was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. NELLS II was introduced for the first time in 2003.

The NELLS Tier 2 program is designed for library professionals in mid-career (3-15 years experience in or with libraries). The program focuses on the application of leadership theory to real-world library issues.  Participants will focus on topics such as creating equitable workplaces/public spaces, leading through change, self-care, mentoring talent, developing a strong vision, building strong communities, resilience, and other topics that will nurture and mentor attendees as they prepare for senior leadership roles. Applicants must be NELA members in order to be considered for this program.

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Tier 3 - NELLS III: Advanced Leadership

The NELLS III (previously known as NELLS II) program is a three-day leadership program for library workers with 15 years or more experience (NELLS III) was offered for the first time in 2016 and again in 2018.  Participation is NOT dependent on having attended a NELLS program in the past.

The cost is typically around $800 for 3 days, including lodging, all meals & materials.

What is taught?

The curriculum covers the following areas:

  •     getting to know your leadership style
  •     interpersonal communication
  •     presentation skills
  •     managing differences
  •     risk taking
  •     the library within the community
  •     using power and influence
  •     understanding libraries as organizational systems
  •     transforming libraries
  •     the leader as a catalyst for change
  •     the leader’s role as coach and mentor
  •     achieving your potential

Attendees develop an action plan for their future commitments.

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 Contact Information

For more information about NELLS, contact your state representative or the NELLS Chair.

Jenn Bruneau - Chair
She/Her
Northborough Free Library, MA 
413-323-5925, ext 113 
[email protected] 

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