It’s safe to say that libraries are in a time of extreme change – rapidly changing technology, demographics, and new practices to become literate in. Today’s average patron is far different from the one that walked in the library doors ten years ago (walking through the door is no longer necessary). Generally speaking, the libraries best-equipped to deal with these are the ones with strong and effective leaders. The Association of College and Research Libraries is offering a Leadership Institute for academic librarians this Aug. 5-10 in Cambridge, Mass. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
This five-day institute is designed for college and university librarians with management or leadership responsibilities, library deans and directors, and other campus administrators – people who will be leading and managing their libraries into the future. The institute is organized around three concepts – planning, organizational strategy, and transformational change and learning. It will also address two main questions – “How well positioned is your organization to meet current and future challenges?” and “How effective is your own leadership?”
The institute is limited to applicants with significant administrative responsibility, or those who “show high promise.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the fee of $2,700 covers everything but some meals and transportation there. The fee is $2,500 if you are already a member of ACRL. Check it out here for more information.