Library Management Skills Institute 2:

The Organization

Our next offering starts September 2021

Register now!

The Library Management Skills Institute 2: The Organization (LMSI 2) has transformed countless organizations. This workshop is considered the seminal organizational learning experience across the library community. It was originally designed over 20 years ago based on the work of Peter Senge and leading thinkers in organizational learning and systems, and guided by best practices in libraries. Since then, DJA has infused the LMSI 2 with a wide range of new voices and modern theory that brings the workshop to our present context. Our newest iteration is re-imagined to empower busy learners in a virtual environment.
Participation in the LMSI 1: The Manager is not required to participate in this event.

Learn how to:

  • Apply the concept of Situated Organizational Development to your work

  • Develop creative tension in your work and your organization through understanding current reality and developing compelling vision

  • Tap into the positive energy of a group in imagining new possibilities

  • Engage in deep analysis of your own mental models, and lead your teams to do the same

  • Unlock the power of the team using cultural competence and facilitative skills

  • Navigate interdependent power structures in systems and hierarchy

  • Put on a systems thinking lens to understand how small changes can make a big impact

  • Build shared vision and values upon the foundation of personal vision and values

LMSI 2 is ideal for:


Supervisors, Department Heads, Coordinators, Managers, and Administrators


Team and Project Leaders


Anyone who wants to move their organization forward in community


The LMSI 2 is facilitated fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Over the course of 3 weeks, participants will engage on their own with videos and exercises (7–9 hours). The full cohort will gather live with expert DJA faculty for 4 live sessions (9 hours total) to build their learning together, dive deeper into the material, and apply new skills.

Topics covered

  • Session 1: Creating the Organization We Want to Live In
    • Situated Organizational Development as a practice
    • Using personal vision and appreciative inquiry to develop creative tension
    • A model for building self-awareness around mental models
  • Session 2: Our Practice Follows Our Process
    • Skills for team engagement when the going gets tough
    • The impact of diversity on team learning
    • Tools for building shared understanding through dialogue
  • Session 3: Systems Do What They Are Created To Do
    • The role of power in systems and hierarchy
    • Practices for systems thinking in context in order to develop paths forward
  • Session 4:
    • A method for building shared vision together in a team
    • Techniques for iteration and agility in changing circumstances

Live Sessions

All live sessions are from 11:45am to 2pm ET:

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Friday, October 15, 2021

What Makes Our Programs Unique?

"Excellent! One of the best workshops I’ve attended during my career."

– Omaha Public Library

"I was incredibly surprised by how relevant the workshop was and the facilitators adaptability to our concerns and discussions."

– New York Public Library

"The facilitators are true experts. They are poised, knowledgeable and flexible to participants' needs along the way."

– Ontario Council of Research Libraries

Our programs are designed for busy adults, and respond to the needs our clients have expressed time and time again. We are known for:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Our content integrates concepts, knowledge and techniques necessary for exhibiting cultural competence and building this capacity in all leaders.

Collaborative Learning – Participants explore strategies for implementing ideas, share best practices and resources during and beyond the event.

Practical Application – Participants are introduced to the most widely and effectively used tools, and practice with them in session and with facilitator and colleague input.

Expert Facilitation – Our facilitators are matched to assure subject-matter experts and experience working with specific types of libraries—public, special and academic.

Register now!

LMSI 2 will transform your leadership and how you respond to change. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Library Management Skills Institute 2: The Organization

$900.00 USD