Sunday, October 15, 2017

Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL) training materials freely available

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is excited to share the final version of Strengthening Strong Library Leaders (SILL), a leadership training program for public and community libraries around the world. This training was developed at the Mortenson Center with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and in partnership with library trainers in Namibia, Myanmar, Armenia, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Haiti, Tunisia, Bangladesh, and Cameroon (AfLIA). What makes this leadership curriculum unique is that it was co-developed and it is meant to be delivered to everyone in the library, from volunteers to senior staff. Equally important is that it is adaptable and is designed to be used by trainers with different levels of experience.

Training modules:
1. Leadership Styles for Librarians
2. Library Leaders as Innovators
3. Library Leaders with a Plan
4. Library Leaders as Communicators

This training is foundational. It is a helpful first step in developing engaged and innovative staff in a library through interactive modules. The website includes short videos to help trainers prepare themselves. 
SILL is designed to be adapted to local needs and to date over 500 librarians have been trained.
SILL has been translated into a few different languages, with hopes that more will be added as it is used.

The training materials may be downloaded from the SILL website at

If you have questions, email Susan Schnuer ( or Rebecca McGuire (

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