Category Archives: Leadership

ACRL e-Learning Online Course: Leadership in Libraries

Join ACRL from February 5-March 2, 2018, for the e-Learning online course, “Leadership in Libraries.”

This online course is an overview and critical examination of leadership theories for library leaders. Explore the concepts of leadership and followership and critically examine several popular leadership theories including emotional intelligence and transformational, authentic, and servant leadership. Perform a personal SWOT analysis of your leadership skills and abilities and create your own definition and theory of leadership and how it manifests itself in a library.

After each week, re-evaluate your SWOT analysis, definition, and theory and think about how you could incorporate that week’s information. By the end of the class, you will have developed your own personal leadership SWOT, definition, and theory that you can use to guide your leadership and career development.

Learning Outcomes:

After participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate their own definition and theory of leadership in order to better inform their leadership practice
  • Assess their own leadership skills in order to improve their leadership practice
  • Critically think about and evaluate concepts of leadership and followership in order to better understand the leadership/followership process

Dr. Jason Martin is the Associate Dean of the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Previous to his time at MTSU, he was the Head of Public Services at Stetson University and the Head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include organizational culture and library leadership, and he has published and presented in numerous journals and national, regional, and state conferences. He holds a BA and MLS from the University of South Florida and a EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

How to register
Registration materials and complete details are available online. Contact with questions.

Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians – Special Opportunity for ACRL Members

Applications for the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) are now being accepted through Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. LIAL is running July 30 through August 4, 2017. The program details important leadership concepts and applies them to the practical challenges of leading and managing the contemporary academic library. The curriculum addresses three areas — planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning — with an overarching goal of increasing your leadership and management capacity.

The institutional environment confronting leaders of academic libraries has never been more complex and challenging. Technological change is fundamentally redefining the core role, purpose, and function of the academic library. Newly emerging information services and capabilities frequently outstrip available resources. Library leaders must provide articulate, strategic leadership and find more effective ways to integrate their views and priorities into campus-wide planning efforts.

LIAL provides the tools and insight needed to improve your leadership effectiveness and help your library respond to a rapidly shifting competitive landscape. It is designed for those who must think strategically about emerging institutional and informational needs, changing expectations of library leaders, new technologies, and long-range plans for the library.

The priority application deadline is June 16, 2017, and complete details are available on the program website. ACRL members receive discounted tuition.

Mentors Needed for Spectrum Scholars

Are you interested in directly contributing to the development of the next generation of academic librarians and ensuring a diverse workforce? Then consider mentoring an ALA Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program! The program links participating library school students and new librarians who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians who provide mentoring and professional guidance.

What’s Involved?
As a mentor, you will serve as a role model and provide career guidance, as well as help mentees find opportunities for involvement and leadership in the profession. You must be an academic librarian, have multiple years of professional experience (a minimum of ten years preferred), and be an active member of ACRL. The mentor program requires a commitment of at least one year and up to maximum of three years.

You will receive Web-based training from ACRL to assist you in building a successful mentoring relationship. Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Contacting the Spectrum Scholar on a regular basis (monthly is ideal).
  • Spending time with the Spectrum Scholar at library conferences when you are both are in attendance.
  • Completing two brief assessment surveys during the first year of your mentorship.

How Do You Apply?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program, just complete the application.

What Happens Next?
The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee matches new pairs of mentors and Spectrum Scholars throughout the year, with most of the matches made in the spring. If we are unable to match you with a Scholar immediately, your application will be kept on file and you’ll be contacted periodically to confirm your ongoing interest in participating.

While applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, the committee will be matching a new cohort of mentors and mentees beginning in April, so please apply today to be an ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor. The profession benefits when you share your experience!

If you have questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, please contact Committee Chair Ebony Magnus at or ACRL staff member David Connolly at

Registration Now Available for Women’s Leadership Institute

ACRL is excited to once again collaborate with higher education associations to offer the 2015 Women’s Leadership Institute. The institute will be held December 6-9, 2015, in Amelia Island, Florida. Co-produced by several higher education associations, this unique program will bring together administrators from across campus functions to help you:

  • Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture
  • Share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to the new reality
  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community

Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, you will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. Examine the unique roles, skills, and relationships needed to lead as higher education faces and deals with the most challenging period in 50 years.  Learning outcomes include:

  • To effectively utilize key leadership skills: negotiation, communication, introducing and managing change, developing yourself and others, and creating effective work environments
  • To develop your greatest strengths and talents through a highly regarded personal assessment tool
  • To recognize and appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of a broad range of higher education professionals
  • To build relationships and improve goal achievement when working with people from across campus
  • To help your institution respond successfully to the unique challenges of today

The program is designed for women who aspire to become senior leaders in higher education. Current responsibilities should include administrative functions that regularly require decision making that affects departmental operations and involves other important relationships on campus.

Complete details and registration materials are available online. Register by November 4 receive a special Early Bird discount! Questions should be addressed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

Immersion Practical Management Program: Feb. 20 registration deadline

Register by February 20 for the Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator. The Immersion ’15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland on March 25, 2015.

Instruction coordinators are often well-grounded in theory and instruction practice and have some of the tools they need to begin building campus-wide programs. Frequently, however, coordinators or those in similar roles do not supervise the majority of librarians who participate in a library’s instructional program, presenting challenges to the development of innovative and effective programs. This interactive one-day program will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions.  Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success.

“The Immersion Program gave me plenty of practical ideas to take home. Being in a room of people all facing the same challenges that I’m facing, and all acknowledging that they ARE challenges is invaluable.” ~ 2013 Practical Management Track Participant

Learning Outcomes
After participating in the Immersion ’15 Practical Management track, you will be able to:

  • Open a discussion with appropriate leadership about your role and responsibilities
  • Provide influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals
  • Develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration
  • Understand the critical elements for creating a desired environment
  • Understand the potential of information literacy programs in a larger campus context

Complete details about the program and registration materials are available on the ACRL website.  Questions about the Immersion Practical Management Program should be directed to Margot Conahan at


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