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Eureka Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

If you are interested in library leadership, are employed by a California library, and have not yet participated in the Eureka! Leadership Program, please read the Call for Applications for the 2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute, below, and consider submitting an application.   We would also appreciate it if you would share this information with colleagues who might not receive it directly.

2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute – Call for Applications

The California State Library and Infopeople are pleased to issue a call for applications for the sixth Eureka! Leadership Institute, which will be held March 19-24, 2014, in San Jose. Previous Eureka! Leadership Institutes, held in 2008 – 2012, have been judged by all involved – the participants, mentors, Institute facilitators, and sponsoring agencies – to be a resounding success. In 2013, a nationally recognized team of evaluators studied the Eureka! Leadership Program and documented its strong positive impact on participants, their libraries, and their communities.

We look forward to repeating the experience with a new group of future California library leaders. Thirty-two participants will be selected through a competitive application process.

We believe the best candidates are:

  • Enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, adventurous, and open-minded
  • Young enough to take over from the current generation of leaders
  • Old enough to have demonstrated some leadership potential
  • Currently employed in a library in California
  • Open to improvement


The Institute is designed for those with leadership potential, not demonstrated leadership accomplishments. For this reason, current library directors with 10 or more years of experience at the director level are not eligible. However, library directors with less than 10 years of experience at the director level are encouraged to apply.

Open Application Period

The open application period is from September 15, 2013 to November 15, 2013.  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 15.

Application documents can be found at <http://eurekaleadership.org/institute/2014>


The Institute model was developed to fit the needs and characteristics of the California public library community. It combines elements from other leadership programs, most notably the Snowbird program and the Urban Library Council’s Executive Leadership Institute, with uniquely California elements. The Institute facilitators, Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, developed the Snowbird program and have run the Aurora Leadership Institute in Australia as well as numerous state and regional leadership institutes throughout the U.S.

The Institute itself is an intensive six-day residential event that will take place at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose. Subsequent to the Institute, the cohort of participants will participate in two-day follow-up sessions held six months and one year after the Institute. They will also develop and submit LSTA grant applications for awards that will support the implementation of a year-long project discussed in more detail below.


To participate in the Eureka! Leadership Institute you must be currently employed by a California library of any type.  Preference will be given to those who have earned an MLS degree and to those who have worked in a professional position for 10 years or less.

Project Component

An integral part of the Eureka! Leadership Program, and a requirement for those participating in the Institute, is the selection by the participant and the sponsoring library of a project that will engage the participant for up to a year after the Institute. The State Library is committed to providing the opportunity for Institute Fellows to apply for small grants to support the projects.

This year’s application does not include the identification and preliminary design of a project. On the recommendation of mentors and Fellows from previous years, the project selection and design has been deferred until the successful candidates have been identified and notified. Once the 2014 cohort has been identified, Infopeople will provide online instruction in community needs assessment, project identification and design. The 2014 participants will have approximately two months prior to the Institute to begin needs assessment and work with their library administrators and immediate supervisors on the identification of possible projects. The projects should be developed by the participants themselves in response to community needs. They should be approved and supported by the library but should not be assigned by the library. The ideal project represents a nexus of community needs with the individual passions and experience of the Eureka! Fellow.


While the projects will not be a major focus during the six days of the Institute, participants will be asked to present their project designs to the group and will have the opportunity to talk to the Institute mentors, Infopeople Director, and Institute facilitators about their projects. Subsequent to the Institute, the Infopeople Director will guide the cohort through the process of writing their grant applications. Mentors will be available to provide advice and guidance on the projects throughout the year.


Cost of the Institute, which includes registration, housing and all meals, is $500. Infopeople will take care of making hotel reservations for all Institute participants.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and break snacks are included as part of the Institute experience. Participants and/or their libraries are responsible for transportation to and from the Institute.

Scholarships:  Recognizing that times are difficult and that some libraries are unable to pay the $500 tuition for the Eureka! Institute, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. Individuals applying for the scholarships will be judged competitively.

Please note that scholarships cover tuition only; travel expenses to and from San Jose are a responsibility of the applicant or library.


Questions about the application process or the Eureka! Leadership Program in general should be directed to Holly Hinman, Infopeople Director, hinmanh@infopeople.org, tel. 626-796-0913.

Eureka! Leadership Institute registration now open!

The Eureka! Leadership Institute is a great, six-day intensive program for building new leaders for our libraries.  The application process is rigorous, but worth every minute, and Eurekans who come out of the program go on to do interesting and exciting new projects in their libraries.  Encourage your staff to apply, or maybe even apply yourself.  For more information, and to download the application materials, go to http://eurekaleadership.org/.

Besides, the Institute will be held at the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion, right here in the South Bay.

Dolce Hayes Mansion


Don’t get too out of the work mode while the holidays approach, because the Eureka! Leadership Institute application process will open up soon for the class of 2012.  Eureka! will teach you how to make the most out of your profession, and you will make contacts that will serve you well for the rest of your career.  To get on the interest list and be prepared to turn in your applications in February, sign up here.

Inspiration at Eureka!