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ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2022–2023: Call for Applications by December 10, 2021

Group photo of 24 ARL LCDP fellows and Mark Puente
2020–2021 LCDP fellows

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking applicants for the 2022–2023 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The ARL 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.

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. 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 (spring 2022–spring 2023):

  • A two-day orientation in March 2022 (virtual)
  • Two multi-day institutes at host institutions (virtual or in person; 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 (pending in-person travel approval)
  • Opportunities for training on identifying, developing, and conducting a capstone project during the fellowship
  • A closing ceremony held during the ARL Spring Association Meeting, May 2–4, 2023


The eligibility requirements for LCDP fellows are as follows:

  • 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 Friday, December 10, 2021.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; 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.