You may be wondering, why is this posted here on a blog for a two-year undergraduate library science program? Isn't this for big shots in libraries?
The truth of the matter is that in smaller institutions and in more remote areas, it may be the case that some of these mid-level administrator folks may be what we like to call, "non-MLS librarians." In other words, they may have some other library or other related background, but not have their MLS. And, someday, if you're a student or recent graduate of our program, that might be you. In fact, it may already be you!
ACRL is partnering with seven higher education associations to offer the 2009 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held from Dec. 6-9, 2009 in Amelia Island, Fla. The early-bird registration deadline for the institute if Sept. 18. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/womensleadership.cfm.
The institute brings together mid-level administrators from across campus functions to share experiences, develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture, and create new networks and networking skills. This year's program will have a special focus on the economic challenges facing colleges and universities and what is being done to address them. Through presentations, small group exercises, and discussion, attendees will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus.
The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.
Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, two dinners, two lunches, brunch and two continental breakfasts. Institute participants will stay at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, where a discounted rate of $159 per night has been secured for the program.
Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 280-2522.
ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.