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Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow


The Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program (CLTP) works with mid-career theological or religious studies librarians to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective library directors and leaders in the theological and religious studies library community. CLTP is sponsored by the Professional Development Committee

The CLTP is designed for mid-career staff who are: 

  • Considering applying for a library director position or newly appointed to a director position 

  • Interested in building leadership and managerial abilities for success 

  • Motivated to expand their current skills and knowledge to be more effective in their current positions 

Using instructional webinars, readings, projects, and conversations with mentors and peers, CLTP focuses on broad themes, including: 

  • How to Lead  

  • How to Manage Financial Resources  

  • How to Manage People Resources  

  • How to Plan 

  • How to Communicate 

  • How to Manage Politics 

  • Ongoing Professional Development 

CLTP is conducted in a collegial and confidential atmosphere, with most sessions occurring virtually and with in-person gatherings at the ATLA Annual Conference.  


Current Individual Members 


  • Permission from supervisor to participate in the program and all activities 

  • Commit approximately 8-12 hours per month to the work of the program 

    • Attend up to two web meetings per month for instruction and group discussion 

    • Attend up to two ATLA Annual Conferences for in-person meetings with program participants 

    • Engage in monthly conversations with an assigned mentor 

    • Complete all readings and assignments 

    • Participate in team projects 

    • Create a personal professional development plan 

  • Tuition payment to help support the program 

How to Join 

Availability of CLTP is based on membership interest. Approximately every 2-3 years a new cohort is formed. If you are interested in participating in CLTP, e-mail​ and we will contact you when information is available about the next cohort.  


E-mail questions to the Member Programs Department at​.  

Information for Participating Members 

Past Cohorts