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PINNACLE is the Public library INstitute for New And Creative Leadership Education and is designed to prepare librarians to move into positions of leadership in their organizations and allow those already in these positions to improve their practice. The first class was held in 2007-2008, and the second class is in session now.

The PINNACLE leadership program is designed to give Georgia's degreed public librarians with a minimum of two years professional experience in the skills they need to be leaders in the library field. We're looking for your most promising staff members who have leadership potential, which includes those who aspire to be directors, or those wanting to lead in their specialty. Topics of study include problem solving, performance measures, power, and media relations. Each participant will conduct a significant self-directed learning project during the program that applies the concepts and principles of PINNACLE to a real-world issue. Participants will also be partnered with a mentor.

PINNACLE includes 7 mandatory sessions, starting with a week-long retreat in October 2016, continues with three-day sessions every other month, and ends with a presentation at the COMO conference in 2017. The full schedule will be made available later this summer.

The application period is open from June 1-June 30, 2016. Candidates will be notified of selection by July 18, 2016.