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

The Nexus "Leading Across Boundaries" (LAB) initiative, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and hosted by the Educopia Institute, is a federated, national effort involving a wide range of leadership training stakeholders from the archives, museum, and library communities. Together, we document existing practices and needed competencies, build cross-germination tools and strategies, and develop open, freely available curriculum and evaluation tools for use across these fields. Our goal is to create a strong, extensible foundation to train and evaluate boundary-spanning leaders in archives, libraries, and museums.

We invite adoption and adaptation of the following outputs of our work:

  1. Layers of Leadership
  2. A detailed chart of high-demand leadership training skills and competencies, structured according to leadership roles (e.g., "Leading Self," "Leading Others," "Leading the Dept.," etc.).

  3. Core Curriculum
  4. Seven freely available leadership curriculum modules, all aimed at "Leading the Profession." These are flexible and customizable and include slides, detailed facilitator notes, and activities.

  5. Evaluation
  6. This validated framework ties directly to the "Layers of Leadership" competencies and provides a common core for evaluating the impacts of leadership training.

  7. Trainer's Network
  8. Leadership development trainers and consultants are invited to join the project affiliated LinkedIN group to engage others working in this space.

The Nexus offerings are designed to be customizable to fit a wide variety of continuing education and professional development environments, from conference workshops to graduate classrooms to large-scale leadership development programs for professionals. We encourage hosts and trainers to freely adopt and adapt the materials to best fit their programmatic needs.

Our team includes directors and trainers from the following associations and institutions:

  • Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA)
  • ALA, Public Program Office
  • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
  • Archives Leadership Institute (ALI)
  • Association of Academic Health Science Libraries (AAHSL)
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
  • Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
  • Cooperstown Graduate Program
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
  • Council of State Archivists (CoSA)
  • Educopia Institute
  • Getty Leadership Institute
  • Illinois State Library ILEAD U
  • Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE)
  • Ithaka S&R
  • Johns Hopkins Museum Studies Program
  • Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA)
  • Lyndhurst Group, LLC
  • Maureen Sullivan Associates
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM)
  • Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
  • Public Library Association (PLA)
  • Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)
  • Syracuse University
  • Toolkit Consulting
  • TrueBearing Consulting
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill SILS
  • University of North Texas (UNT)
  • Virginia Tech Libraries

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    Dates: October 2014 to September 2017
    Funder: IMLS
    Principal Investigator(s): Katherine Skinner
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    Dates: November 2013 to October 2014
    Funder: IMLS
    Principal Investigator(s): Katherine Skinner
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