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Fellows Selected for ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2020–2021

crowd at reception, ARL Leadership Symposium, January 2020
ARL Leadership Symposium, January 2020,
photo by Margo Reed

The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) Selection Committee has chosen 24 fellows for the 2020–2021 LCDP cohort. 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 LCDP addresses the lack of representation of Blacks, Indigenous people, other people of color (BIPOC), and visible minorities in leadership ranks within academic and research institutions and other communities of practice.

The ARL LCDP helps research libraries and archives develop a more diverse professional workforce and leadership 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 institutions.

“This year’s pool of applicants was so interesting and robust. The group reflected a wide-variety of emerging talent in the field and I look forward to seeing how these colleagues will impact the profession in years to come,” said LCDP Selection Committee member Lisa Carter. “While this made selection a fascinating challenge, this year’s cohort of fellows are positioned to have an amazing experience together.”

The 2020–2021 ARL Leadership & Career Development Program fellows are:

  • Tarida Anantachai, Lead Librarian, Learning Commons, Syracuse University
  • Martha Alvarado Anderson, Head, Digital Services Department, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Avery Boddie, Music and Dance Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Jonathan O. Cain, Interim Director, Digital Strategies, and Head, Data Services, University of Oregon
  • Bertha P. Chang, Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University
  • Angel Diaz, University Archivist, Penn State University
  • Veronica Arellano Douglas, Instruction Coordinator, University of Houston
  • Sarah Dupont, Head, Xwi7xwa Library, The University of British Columbia
  • Arnetta C. Girardeau, Copyright and Information Policy Consultant, Duke University
  • Nastasha E. Johnson, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Information Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University
  • Jasmine Jones, Head, Collections Management, Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Moon Kim, Acquisitions Librarian, The Ohio State University
  • Maha Kumaran, Associate Librarian, Education & Music Library, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ye Li, Librarian for Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Luisana Lopez, Head, Outsourced and Strategic Resources, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Rebecca Martin, Associate Director, Collections and Scholarly Communication, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Florence Mugambi, African Studies Librarian, Northwestern University
  • Lisa Ngo, Engineering Librarian, University of California, Berkeley
  • Hannah Lee Park, Education and School of Professional & Extended Studies Librarian, American University
  • Betsaida M. Reyes, Librarian for Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The University of Kansas
  • Tamara Rhodes, Subject Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Developmental Sciences, and Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
  • Anthony Sanchez, Social Sciences Librarian, The University of Arizona
  • Kai Alexis Smith, Librarian for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cecilia Tellis, Head, Design and Outreach, University of Ottawa

To learn more about the program, visit the LCDP webpages.


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.