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September 5, 2018

Nexus LAB: Curriculum

Empowering leadership development in museums, archives, and libraries to strengthen the futures of these institutions and the communities they cultivate and serve.

Enter Curriculum

About the Curriculum

The Nexus LAB team, in partnership with Toolkit Consulting, issued this fully adaptable and customizable set of seven leadership-focused curriculum modules in 2017. These modules are freely available for trainers and workshop leaders to adopt, adapt, and use when delivering leadership development and training offerings. This curriculum development was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [Award Number: RE-00-14-0095-14].

Using the Curriculum

Trainers are encouraged to use any or all of the Nexus LAB Leadership Curriculum modules as it fits their programmatic needs. All Nexus LAB Leadership Curriculum modules and materials are meant to be customized to suit unique audiences, programs, goals, and training styles. The modules are designed to stand alone, but they can also be delivered in conjunction with one another and/or incorporated alongside other curriculum. While a few of the modules overlap slightly in content, none of the modules are duplicative in activities or content delivered; they reference and build upon each other in a non-sequential fashion.

The curriculum is designed to be flexible and customizable to fit a wide variety of continuing education and professional development offerings, from conference workshops to components within larger scale leadership development programs. We encourage trainers and workshop leaders to adapt the materials to best fit their programmatic needs. We intentionally have maintained a “clean,” lightly formatted look and feel to these resources. We hope this will make the material easier for trainers to modify and personalize.


Nexus Leadership Curriculum development was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [Award Number: RE-00-14-0095-14]. All Nexus Curriculum materials referenced in this Instructor’s Guide are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license means you are welcome to share and adapt, transform, and build upon this material, even for commercial purposes, as long as you give appropriate credit and distribute future contributions under the same license. Existing Creative Commons materials referenced in the curriculum continue to be governed by their original Creative Commons license type.