Essentials of Chapter Leadership

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The 2024 Essentials of Chapter Leadership will take place Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28.

This three-day virtual training event is intended to provide incoming chapter leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary for chapter management, highlight important resources available to all leaders and present information on the importance of adhering to essential financial and legal responsibilities. As event registration is on a per chapter basis, this is a great opportunity for all chapter leaders, as well as prospective leaders, to be provided with this essential training.

For chapters interested in attending but concerned about the cost, the ALA Board of Directors has set aside funds to support those chapters who need assistance. Funding assistance applications are available here. The deadline for submission is February 13.


Direct questions to  [email protected]. Questions regarding registration should be directed to [email protected].

What Is the Difference Between ECL and CLI?

Have you seen the announcements about the Essentials of Chapter Leadership (ECL) and wondered what, exactly, is the difference between this and ALA’s Chapter Leader Institute (CLI)? Both events are targeted toward leaders of chapters of all sizes — and valuable and empowering for your personal and professional growth. But that’s where the similarities end.

These events are geared to different aspects of chapter leadership. ECL focuses on the fundamentals — you’ll learn about resources, ideas and education available to you so you’re equipped right from the start of your leadership term. Plus, we’ll highlight the basics for anyone thinking of stepping into a leadership role.

CLI builds on the foundation of ECL. Its focus is on leadership and communication skills, with opportunities to brainstorm and problem solve with other chapter leaders. Additionally, CLI incorporates roundtable sessions that are specifically designed for small, medium and large chapters with an opportunity to share concerns with your peers.