ARL has selected the sponsor cohort for the fifth iteration of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program, an 18-month executive leadership fellowship designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries that helps develop future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. The program exposes library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership in ARL libraries to important issues, peer institutions, and professional networks that will enhance their preparedness to take on senior-level roles.
The 2013–2015 RLLF sponsor institutions and directors are:
- University of Guelph Library—Rebecca Graham, Chief Librarian and CIO—and
cosponsor University of Waterloo Library—Mark Haslett, University Librarian
- North Carolina State University Libraries—Susan Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries
- Purdue University Libraries—James Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science
- University of Toronto Libraries—Larry Alford, Chief Librarian
- Vanderbilt University Library—Connie Vinita Dowell, Dean of Libraries
The immersive, multidimensional design of the RLLF allows participants to:
- extend their professional skill and experience base, enabling more effective leadership in a major research library;
- engage the major challenges and pressures currently facing research libraries in concert with some of the key library leaders who are shaping contemporary responses to these challenges;
- better understand the dynamics and politics of campus life in several of the leading research libraries of North America;
- create a network of colleagues to discuss and debate the critical issues and current trends facing research libraries;
- explore the use of innovative and entrepreneurial techniques needed to support the future direction of research libraries; and
- develop a clearer understanding of what it takes to be a successful research library director.
A call for applications for 2013–2015 RLLF fellows will be released in mid-May. For more information about the program, visit the RLLF website.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. 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, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.