The Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC) is a collaborative project originally developed by librarians at SUNY Geneseo, the College at Brockport-State University of New York, Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, St. John Fisher College, Fairport Central School District, Pittsford Central School District, University of Rochester and the Rochester Regional Library Council.


The Academy is a semester-long intensive learning experience, including a one day in-person foundational workshop occurring in 5 NYS regions and the remaining curriculum taking place online. In addition to the workshops, participants will also engage in field observations, assigned readings, reflection, discussions, and a final instruction project. It is intended for newer instruction librarians who would like to become more effective in the classroom. Since library instruction is an essential component of many library positions and few library degree programs require coursework in information literacy instruction, the goal of LILAC is to fill this gap.


LILACs Across NY, is funded in part by a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant, and in-kind and volunteer support from several New York State Libraries, and Library Councils.  LILAC simply could not have been established and could not continue to operate without the collaborative participation from librarians and educators from around the state.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

*Demonstrate an understanding and implementation of best practices in  pedagogy translated into classroom (physical and virtual) practice.

*Learn from and practice with emerging educational technologies in an experimental community-based culture.

*Demonstrate greater confidence in teaching methods, especially as it pertains to risk taking, creativity and interaction with students.

*Exhibit through personal librarian reflections a transformation in the ways librarians approach preparation and presentation of classroom materials.

*Create a learning community where participants and mentors build strong relationships and continue to learn from each other well beyond the timeline of the Academy.

*Disseminate learning to other libraries/systems through conference presentations, and publications.

*Tap existing leaders, equipping them with the necessary tools and ideas to inspire further innovation workshops and publications.