APLL Graduates

To date, there are 127 APLL graduates, with another 41 currently making their way through their second year of the program.


Of the graduates:

  • A total of 12 graduates (9.4%) have become a CEO either during or following the program, attributing some of their readiness and success to APLL;
  • A further six have served as an Acting CEO for extended leaves;
  • 16 individuals have been promoted and taken on new and greater responsibilities,
    during or following APLL, with some citing APLL as the primary reason;
  • A total of 81 libraries (including two in Northern Ontario), and two provincial organizations (OLA and OLS)
    have, or have had, an APLL graduate or participant on staff;
  • Each APLL participant completed a local library project that was of concrete benefit to his or her library.
Project examples include:

  • an online Tech2Go curriculum for all staff;
  • a detailed project plan to guide staff efforts to set up and ready a new branch facility;
  • a style guide for social media and promotional materials;
  • various policies and procedures related to the launch of a new service;
  • a team building initiative to inspire and motivate the staff of a very busy branch, including part-timers.

APLL graduates report that as a result of taking APLL, they:

  • Have more confidence in their own abilities, especially leadership and speaking with authority;
  • Spend more times thinking things through before acting, therefore acting more deliberately and strategically;
  • Rely on knowledge, skills, and abilities they learned in APLL;
  • Cultivate relationships as a core leadership practice;
  • Value and continue to turn to the strong professional network created by going through the program as a cohort.

A few impact statements: