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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: EXCITE FAQs

For Library Directors

1. Why should my staff attend?

Pilot participants felt the language, skills, and tools taught in the EXCITE program were essential to helping libraries transform and be relevant in the 21st century, that the skills learned had a positive impact on teambuilding, and that this training helped to create a stronger culture of collaboration and innovation in and between the participating libraries. Their efforts resulted in new grant funded programs and services that uncovered and responded to community motivations and needs, bringing more community members to the library to connect and collaborate. Also, your team will be eligible to come to Connecticut as an All-Star Team to compete for up to $5,000 in grant funding to enact a new program or service developed through this training.

2. Who should I send as part of the team?

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.

3. But I don't have that many staff to send!

Recruit significant board members, volunteers, or friends of the library to fill out your team.

4. I still have questions!

Please contact Dawn La Valle, EXCITE Project Director, at or 860-757-6665.


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

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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

For Participants

1. Why should I attend?

  • To learn how and when to collaborate as a team, how to facilitate and engage the community through human-centered research for deeper insight, how to design transformative programs and services in response to community needs, and how to make those programs and services real.
  • To practice presentation skills and project management skills, including planning, financial reporting, timeline adherence, communication, and people management.
  • To be more qualified for higher positions.

2. What do I get out of this?

In addition to new skills and a nifty digital badge, here's what the pilot participants got from the program:

  • Confidence in talking with groups and drawing out their thoughts.
  • Confidence in interacting with the community.
  • Better knowledge of how to formulate questions to elicit useful feedback.
  • Increased responsibility.
  • A better eye when it comes to conveying a vision/idea.
  • Better equipped to manage time.
  • I'm Energized.
  • I'm Inspired.
  • More vocal about my thoughts/contributions.
  • Not afraid to "fail."
  • Greater comfort with coming up with ideas and not judging or dismissing them.
  • A new appreciation for colleagues.
  • Incredible bonding experience with coworkers. Changed how I feel at work.
  • Our library has grown as a team, and I feel like I can rely on my team members to work hard and support each other.

3. What am I committing to?

Participants must commit to three days of intensive, collaborative Bootcamp training and one half-day coaching/mentoring video conference session following the Bootcamp.

4. How do I pay for this?

Thanks to grant funding from IMLS, the program is tuition-free, a value of $1,725 per person ($6,875 per team).

5. How do I apply?

Submit a Contact Sheet and a Statement of Intent outlining how you see the EXCITE programming benefiting your library, community, team members, other staff, planning, programming etc. Deadlines are posted on our site.

6. How do you pick?

We'll look for responses that align with the curriculum and program. As much as possible, we'll select for geographic distribution and diverse types of libraries, librarians, and communities.

7. What are the dates?

A detailed training schedule is posted on our site.

8. Where is the training held?

Each Bootcamp will be held in a different location around the country. You can pick the location closest to you or the one that fits your team's schedule the best.

9. I really want to do more!

Great! Your team will be eligible to compete as an All-Star Team for up to $5,000 in grant funding to implement a new program or service at your library that you develop as a result of this training.

10. I still have questions!

Please contact Dawn La Valle, EXCITE Project Director, at or 860-757-6665.

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