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Leadership and Career Development Program


The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) is a yearlong fellowship that aims to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large. Since ARL launched the LCDP in 1997, a large percentage of alumni have assumed significantly expanded responsibilities within their institutions and/or within professional organizations.

The ARL LCDP contributes to addressing the need for research libraries and archives to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to institutions’ successes in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. Moreover, the program is building a broader community of career coaches and mentors, supervisors, directors, and other champions of the program with greater cultural proficiency and deeper understanding of the systemic barriers to creating authentically inclusive environments.


  • LCDP Application, Tuition, and Eligibility

    LCDP Application, Tuition, and Eligibility

    The application cycle for the 2022–2023 Leadership and Career Development Program is now closed....

  • Current Fellows

    Current Fellows

    Below is the roster of the 2022–2023 Leadership and Career Development Fellows. ...

  • LCDP Program Components

    The ARL LCDP engages fellows in six major experiences over a one-year period (spring 2022–spring 2023): ...

  • LCDP Past Fellows and Career Coaches

    Available details of past LCDP fellows and career coaches are listed below....

  • LCDP Institute Host Sites

    While ARL has every expectation that the 2022–2023 institutes will be in-person events, the program will be prepared with a hybrid or virtual model in case circumstances do not permit...


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