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ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2020–2021: Call for Nominations and Applications by December 19, 2019

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LCDP orientation, September 2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking nominations and applications for the 2020–2021 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is a yearlong program 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.

The ARL LCDP addresses the need for research libraries and archives to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This is accomplished, in part, by providing LCDP Fellows with meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries and archives.

Program Components

The ARL LCDP engages Fellows in six major experiences over a one-year period (March 2020–April 2021):

  • A two-day orientation in Washington, DC, March 5–6, 2020
  • Two multi-day, in-person institutes (details TBD)
  • Online discussions and webinars
  • A career-coaching relationship with an ARL library director or senior staff member and a personalized visit to the career coach’s institution
  • For those interested, training on identifying, developing, and conducting a capstone project during the fellowship
  • A closing ceremony held during the ARL Spring Association Meeting in Toronto, ON, April 28–30, 2021


To be eligible for the LCDP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people classifications
  • Be a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada
  • Be employed as a library, archive, or information professional in any setting
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing leadership roles within an institutional setting or within the profession

More Information and Application

Tuition for the yearlong fellowship is $5,000 for professionals employed in ARL member libraries, $6,000 for all others.

For additional information about the program and to apply, visit the LCDP webpages. The completed online application form and attachments as well as both letters should be submitted to ARL by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on Thursday, December 19, 2019. 


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.