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Fellows Selected for ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2022–2023

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The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) Task Force has chosen 25 fellows for the 2022–2023 LCDP cohort, based on recommendations from the LCDP Selection Working Group. The LCDP is a yearlong experience that prepares 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 BIPOC professionals in leadership ranks within academic and research institutions and other communities of practice.

Through the ARL LCDP, fellows will receive professional development, education, mentorship, and sponsorship while building and expanding a community of BIPOC leaders. Additionally, the 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 LCDP applicants were an impressive and multifaceted group! I know that all of the applicants will go far in their professional endeavors,” said LCDP Selection Working Group member Jennifer Thompson, librarian, College of the Canyons, and 2018–2019 LCDP Fellow. “As an alum of the program, I am so glad that I participated in the selection process this year. LCDP has much to offer the cohort, and there’s no doubt that this group will learn and grow together during this yearlong experience and beyond.”

“As an LCDP alum, it was an honor to review this year’s pool of applicants, all of whom have already made a distinct mark in their organizations and in the field of librarianship in Canada and the US,” said LCDP Selection Working Group member Cecilia Tellis, head of design and outreach, University of Ottawa Library, and 2020–2021 LCDP Fellow. “The new fellows will undoubtedly have an enriching experience this year as they engage in stimulating discussions and workshops, share knowledge, and build community.”

The 2022–2023 ARL Leadership and Career Development Program fellows are:

  • Afra Bolefski, Head, Social Sciences Division, University of Manitoba Libraries
  • DeAnn Brame, Technology and Innovation Strategist, Region 2, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Tatiana Bryant, Research Librarian for Digital Humanities, History, and African American Studies, University of California, Irvine
  • Carolyn Caseñas, Assistant Head, Learning and Instructional Services, Simon Fraser University Library
  • Anastasia Chiu, Scholarly Communications Librarian, New York University
  • Gabrielle M. Dudley, Instruction Archivist, Emory University Libraries
  • Monica Figueroa, Librarian for Inclusive Excellence, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Liangyu Fu, Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Allyssa Guzman, Digital Scholarship Librarian, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Rahni Kennedy, Music and Media Catalog/Metadata Librarian and Physical Processing Manager, Southern Methodist University
  • Somaly Kim Wu, Director, Library Operations, Texas State University
  • Mai Lu, Head, Public Services and Outreach, University of Toronto Mississauga Library
  • Ebony Magnus, Head, Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library, Simon Fraser University
  • Bethany McGowan, Associate Professor, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies
  • Xiying Mi, Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, University of South Florida
  • Catherine Phan, Digital and Media Archivist, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Caitlin Pollock, Digital Scholarship Specialist, Associate Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Chaitra Powell, Curator, Southern Historical Collection, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hannah Rainey, Associate Head, Research Engagement, NC State University Libraries
  • Michele Santamaria, Learning Design Librarian, Millersville University
  • Nicole D. Santiago, Research, Teaching, and Writing Services Librarian, Harvard University
  • Jennifer Snow, Program Director for Instruction at Marx Library and Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
  • Brittani Sterling, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Naz Torabi, Collections Coordinator, Sciences, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Mea Warren, Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning, University of Houston Libraries

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 126 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.

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