IMLS Fellowship

IMLS Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50

About The Fellowship

The IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) was offered as a collaborative effort of the California State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Oregon State Library, and Washington State Library in partnership with the Pacific Library Partnership and is a national continuing education model. It was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program with additional support from the participating State Libraries. The goal of this Fellowship was to develop public library leaders committed to working with and serving mid-life adults, ages 50+. Read more >

Fellowship Overview Podcast

A panel of organizers and fellows provided an overview of the TLA50 IMLS Fellowship and its local impact at PLA2012 in Philadelphia – see presentation pdf and audio podcast.

Fellowship Curriculum

The entire Fellowship curriculum is available for self-directed use. We encourage you to invite your colleagues and partners to utilize this curriculum to help you transform life after 50 in your community.

Selected Fellows

Ninety-six Fellows from twelve states, selected by a panel of California State Library staff, partners, and consultants, were initially accepted into this Fellowship. Eighty successfully completed this year-long continuing education experience, resulting in a 83.3% completion rate.
2010-11 Fellows List (pdf)


If you have any questions regarding the Fellowship, please contact: Suzanne Flint, California State Library [email protected] 916-651-9796 OR Stephen Ristau, Fellowship Coordinator [email protected] 503-281-4305.


IMLS Fellowship: PLA 2012 Presentation

Suzanne Flint, Stephen Ristau, Stacey A. Aldrich, Jennifer Fenton, Erica Compton, Sarah- Kelley-Chase, Abigail Elder