CAL Leadership Institute is accepting applications! I (Erica) just graduated from CALLI in October and I have to say it was the perfect counterpart to my Masters Program. I was able to research a lot of the more hands-on, how-to-do-it type of things I'd wanted to know about in school but hadn't had the opportunity to explore. There were some amazing people in my cohort, some who had been in libraries for thousands of years and some who had just begun their library career. We met everyone in the state who is anyone and it was an overall wonderful experience.
You don't have to be employed in an actual library or have an MLIS to apply but you DO have to be involved with libraries (consultant, student, what have you) and you HAVE to be a member of CAL.
There is a monetary cost, but it's spread out over the year. It mostly involves transportation, meals, and CALCON expenses.
Now that you know all that, I recommend you apply! Here's the notice you'll see on libnet and such places:
Looking for ways to grow your leadership skills? Look no further than the CAL Leadership Institute (CALLI).
The CAL Leadership Institute develops leaders within CAL and the Colorado Library Community. During the year-long Institute participants engage in personal discovery and growth through a series of workshops, online discussions, relationships with peers, and mentors. A recent graduate said:
"My experience in CALLI was a catalyst for professional growth. The readings, activities, and discussions had a dramatic effect on my day-to-day work as a library team member. The leadership training played a big role in my career opportunities. Most memorable are the friendships and collegial connections I made statewide. CALLI made me a better, and happier, librarian."
The Institute begins October 2012, in connection with the CAL Conference. Applications are due April 1.
For more information and to apply please visit the CAL website http://www.cal-webs.org/
or contact Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, Chair of the CAL Leadership Development Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org