Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ARL Hosts Fourth Annual Leadership Institute Jan. 10-13, 2008

ARL to Host Fourth Annual Leadership Institute, Philadelphia, January 10–13, 2008—Register by December 28, 2007

Washington DC—In January 2008, in conjunction with the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will host its Fourth Annual Leadership Institute for MLS graduate students. The Leadership Institute will focus on issues related to transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries. The program will include presentations by library leaders and former ARL Diversity Scholars.

The Leadership Institute will provide:

  • a theoretical overview of macro-level issues facing research libraries;
  • advice on career opportunities in, and transitioning into, a research library;
  • opportunities to develop a community of learners amongst the participants;
  • opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring; and
  • opportunities to network with ARL library leaders.

The Leadership Institute has two tracks: the ARL Diversity Scholars Track, which begins on Thursday, January 10; and the Public Track, which begins on Saturday, January 12. The institute concludes on Sunday, January 13.

The Public Track is open to any MLS student or librarian who is interested in transitioning into an ARL library.

Register by December 28, 2007

Registration is free of charge. The institute agenda and registration form are on the ARL Web site at

The Leadership Institute is one component of ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce—funded by ARL member institutions and the Institute for Museum and Library Services—which includes leadership development training, a strong mentoring relationship with a professional librarian, career placement assistance, membership in professional associations (including the five ALA ethnic caucuses), and a stipend up to $10,000 (over two years). The Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics. The Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce is located on the Web at

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is located on the Web at