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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. 

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.

‚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.

Recruitment for the two yearlong Cohorts has ended. We are now recruiting for three-day Bootcamp trainings around the country (open to teams of four and individuals) and Facilitator Training (open to individual participants from pilot, Cohort 1, or Cohort 2 teams).

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, school, and special libraries are invited to send four-person teams or individuals to participate in the Bootcamps. 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.

Fees: There are NO TUITION FEES for this program. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements.

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.


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.

Bootcamp teams are eligible for an additional All-Star Team opportunity to compete in Connecticut for project funding of up to $5,000 per team to enact a new program or service developed through the training.

The value of the Bootcamp training is $1,725 per person, but tuition is free, thanks to grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

How to Apply

Bootcamp Application Process

  • View the “EXCITE Journey” Video
  • Familiarize yourself with the contents of this Libguide
  • Select four team members to represent your library. (If you are a solo librarian, contact Dawn La Valle to learn about applying:, 860) 757-6665)
  • Based on the content of the video and the Libguide, submit a Statement of Intent outlining how you see the EXCITE programming benefiting your library, community, team members, other staff, planning, programming etc. Email the statement to Maria Bernier at
  • Also complete and submit the Contact Sheet linked above.

Application Deadlines


Applications Due

Notification Date

Training Dates

Connecticut Bootcamp



April 2-4, 2019


Selection Criteria

Bootcamps will have a maximum of 24 participants, preferably six teams consisting of four people each. Teams and individuals will be selected based on responses that align with the curriculum and program, inclusion of director or assistant director on the team, geographic distribution, and diverse types of libraries, librarians, and communities.

Individual applicants for the Facilitator Certification must have completed the Core Program (pilot or cohort), 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


  • Connecticut: April 2-4, 2019, Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown, CT
  • New Jersey: June 11-13, 2019 - Monroe Township Library, NJ
  • Vermont: September 24-26, 2019 - Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
  • Arkansas: October 8-10, 2019 - Arkansas State Library, Little Rock
  • Minnesota: November 13-15, 2019 - Minnesota State Library, Roseville
  • New Mexico: January 14-16, 2020 - Albuquerque Public Library, NM

All-Star Teams: May 2020, Middletown, CT

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


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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