Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association

LIOLA 2021

July 27 - 30, 2021

Virtual via Zoom

The application process for LIOLA 2021 is now closed. 

The third Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA) will be held virtually via Zoom. OLA members at any point in their library career are encouraged to apply. The institute has been developed by the Leadership Committee in partnership Dietra Stivahtis of Vibrant Business Solutions

After attending the immersive four-day event, participants will:

  • Gain increased self-confidence and leave better equipped to be strong library leaders within an equity, diversity, and inclusion framework

  • Identify goals and learn strategies to utilize their strengths to cultivate advocacy and empower movement

  • Have a support system of trusted library relationships to help them accomplish goals

  • Have a concrete action plan and toolbox to help them accomplish results

Participants will be teamed with a cohort and two mentors who will work with them throughout the institute and during virtual meetings after the event. 

Prior to the Institute

Interested participants must apply and be accepted to participate in LIOLA. Requirements for application:

  • Current membership in OLA

  • Current employment in a library
  • Employment in a library setting for at least three years

  • One (1) professional letter of reference
  • Attend and participate fully in the entire virtual institute, complete any pre-institute readings and/or homework, and contribute to post-institute assessments and meetings

Deadline for application is April 30, 2021. Notification of status of applicants will be May 15, 2021.


Cost for participants will be $250, which includes curriculum materials.  Scholarships are available.

More Information about our trainer

Dietra Stivahtis founded Vibrant Business Solutions in 2007 with the purpose of helping leaders engage employees by balancing management and leadership responsibilities that establish and sustain trust. With over twenty years of experience, she helps teams and individuals with conflict resolution, teambuilding, facilitation, and leadership development. 

Feedback from LIOLA 2018 & 2019 participants

"LIOLA gave me insight into my own strengths and skills, and the confidence to further develop and use those strengths in my decision-making. I use the strategies I learned to plan my personal and professional goals, and I have felt more confident in managing my team of students, and building on their strengths as well."

“As with so many OLA events, the networking I gained from LIOLA was INVALUABLE.  Knowing, valuing and reaffirming that there are other folks out there in “Libraryland” who have experienced what you are going through and are willing to hear you out, give some advice and support you in your choices is part of what made the LIOLA so valuable.  Having mentors assigned to us who were part of our working group during the LIOLA has been a gift as well. We had an opportunity to get to know these proven leaders in our state and now we can call on them in our “hour of need” for insight and direction.”

“LIOLA was a great experience.  Over the years I had heard so much about leadership from my personal mentors but had a few pieces missing.  Attending LIOLA helped to pull everything together, to broaden my understanding of what a true leader is and how to implement leadership characteristics into my work instead of just managing the everyday aspects.  It’s an experience everyone should have.”

"I found this leadership institute very informative-- both professionally and personally. This helped me figure out the nuances in how I function and how my colleagues function. If you can, I highly recommend making time to network both at the trainings and after hours."

"It was great to have a mentor to write out some SMART goals."

Additional Questions? Check out our FAQs and Application Evaluation Rubric or you can contact Amy Honisett at [email protected].

Applicant Reference Letter can be uploaded here:  http://olaweb.org/liola-reference-letter