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Purpose and Objectives

This program has been designed to enhance the effectiveness of Georgia’s current — and future — library leaders in managing their library system’s opportunities and challenges.

Leadership topics presented during the course of the institute include problem-solving, managing conflict, ethics, process improvement and financial management. Participants gain experience with both the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and the 360 Degree Multi-Rater Feedback Tool. In addition, participants receive training in the Public Library Association’s six-step planning model, “Planning for Results.”

Course Work and Readings

The Developing Management Skills textbook and The Leadership Challenge are the primary resources for the course. Additional materials and assignments are provided either online through the Carl Vinson Institute’s Web site or distributed during class. Participants are expected to stay current on textbook and supplemental readings.


Twenty participants are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must hold an MLS/MLIS degree, be currently employed in a Georgia public library and have at least two years of professional library experience. A letter of recommendation and statement of commitment must be submitted by the library system director on behalf of the applicant.


Ten experienced librarians from around the state are selected as mentors. In addition to sharing their knowledge, they enhance the institute by providing coaching and guidance. Mentors keep in regular contact with their mentees and are expected to give a Best Practices presentation.

Program Logistics

PINNACLE takes place over the course of 10 months. It kicks off with a four- or five-day retreat in November at a Georgia state park and is followed by up to six two- or three-day retreats held between December and September. Each participant completes a capstone project and is expected to present this project at the annual Georgia Council of Media Organizations conference in October.


With the exception of the kickoff retreat, which is underwritten by GPLS, each participant’s library is expected to cover a nominal registration fee, as well as all related travel and lodging expenses.

GPLS worked with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG), a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia, to design the curriculum. Walt McBride of the CVIOG serves as facilitator of the sessions.

The development of PINNACLE was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to GPLS under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Contact Information

Walt McBride

Public Services Associate
706. 255.0658
Governmental Training,
Education & Development
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The University of Georgia
201 North Milledge Ave.
Athens GA 30602

Julie Walker

Asst. State Librarian, Strategic Initiatives

Pat Carterette

Director of Continuing Education


Walt McBride

Public Services Associate
Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Julie Walker

Asst. State Librarian, Strategic Initiatives, GPLS

Pat Carterette

Director of Continuing Education, GPLS