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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Library Team Recruitment

EXCITE Transformation for Libraries Program

IMLS grant recipientEXCITE Transformation for Libraries is an intensive team-based experiential learning program that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. 

The learning is led by Jeanine Esposito from Innovation Builders, an organization with experience guiding organizations such as PepsiCo, United Health, and several public libraries to innovate new products and services and transform ways of doing business.

‚ÄčSee the "EXCITE Journey" video featuring participants from the pilot project. Additional information is included below, in the project FAQs, and on the pilot project page.

If you have questions after reading these pages, please contact Dawn La Valle, EXCITE Project Director, at or 860-757-6665.

Excite participants
Excite participants
Excite participants and judges
Excite participants from C.H. Booth Library

Who Should Attend

Public, academic, and special libraries are invited to send four-person teams to participate in the Core Program training in Cohort 1 or 2. Teams will have a better chance of achieving long-term organizational change at their home libraries if the library director is part of the team. Likewise, the team should include other influencers and decision-makers at all career levels. Participants are not required to have an MLS degree.

Libraries that have participated in the pilot or in one of the Core Program Cohorts can also choose to send individual employees to the Standalone Bootcamps.

Training sessions will be led by an experienced instructor, Jeanine Esposito, with ongoing coaching sessions as well as support and feedback throughout from Jeanine and CSL staff.

Fees and Scholarships

Fees: There are NO TUITION FEES for this program. Teams are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.

Scholarships: If accepted into Cohort 1 or 2, a library team will receive up to $2,000 to be used towards travel, lodging, and staff coverage.

Lodging options will be announced in the Fall.

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.


EXCITE Transformation for Libraries will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in new grant funded programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training.

Librarians at all professional levels and at different types of libraries need leadership, innovation, and collaboration training in order to be qualified for higher positions and in order to lead successfully. Not only will librarians benefit from this training, but so will their libraries and their communities.

EXCITE offers 21st-century skills training not available in the region or from other professional associations. This intensive, long-term program offers greater promise for sustainable results than other short-term, individually-focused library leadership programs.

The value of this training is $4,400 per person, but tuition is free, thanks to grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each team is also eligible for $2,000 in travel support plus grant funding up to $3,000 to enact a new program or service developed through this training.

How to Apply

Application process

Teams must submit a 5 minute video or slideshow in which each team member indicates their name, title, current work responsibilities, why they want to participate, what they hope to do as a result of the training, and how the training will change their library. Low-tech, simple videos from a smartphone or tablet are OK! Teams can upload their videos to YouTube and email the link to Maria Bernier at or email the video as an attachment.

Teams must also submit a completed Team Commitment Agreement and Contact Sheet (see doc linked at the top of this box) committing to attendance on all the training dates and to conducting fieldwork and additional homework in between training sessions. Email the completed form with your video link or attachment to Maria Bernier at

Application deadline


Applications Due

Notification Date

Training Dates

Core Program Cohort 1



Jan.-Nov. 2018

Core Program Cohort 2



Sept. 2018-Aug. 2019

Standalone Bootcamp 1



July 2018

Standalone Bootcamp 2



April 2019


Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on their commitment to all training dates and conducting field work, responses that align with the curriculum and program, personalities exhibited in applications, inclusion of director or assistant director on the team, geographic distribution, and diverse types of libraries, librarians, and communities.

Individual applicants for the Standalone Bootcamps must work at a library that has already participated in the pilot or in the full Core Program.

Individual applicants for the Facilitator Certification must have completed the Core Program, be interested in continuing, and be available to attend all training sessions. Innovation Builders will have strong input in the selection process, based on applicants' engagement with the Core Program and their learning progress throughout the program. Additional selection factors will include geographic distribution and support from candidates' library directors to conduct facilitations for other organizations.

Program Dates and Locations

Teams may apply to either cohort but must be able to commit to all dates. See also the Detailed Training Schedule pdf linked above.

Cohort 1 Dates:
January 9-11, 2018
March 13-15, 2018
May 15-17, 2018
Project implementation May - November, 2018
Final reports due December 28, 2018

Cohort 1 Training Location:
Connecticut State Library
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Cohort 2 Dates:
September 11-13, 2018
November 6-8, 2018
February 5-7, 2019
Project implementation February - August, 2019
Final reports due September 6, 2019

Cohort 2 Training Location:
Cranston Public Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Rd
Cranston, RI 02920

Facilitator Training (open to individual participants from pilot, Cohort 1, or Cohort 2 teams):
See the Facilitator Training page for dates and details.

Standalone Bootcamps (open to individual participants from pilot or Cohort libraries):
Bootcamp 1: July 17-19, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm, Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown, CT
Bootcamp 2: April 2-4, 2019, Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown, CT


If you have questions about the program, please contact:

Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development
Connecticut State Library
Phone: (860) 757-6665 | Fax: (860) 757-6503

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