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Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) 2013–2014: Call for Nominations and Applications

ARL is seeking nominations and applications for the 2013–2014 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is an 18-month fellowship program that prepares mid-career librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries.

Program Design

The ARL LCDP engages fellows in six major experiences over an 18-month period:

  • A three-day orientation to the LCDP at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting (January 23–26, 2013, Seattle, WA)
  • Two four-day LCDP Institutes (dates and locations to be announced)
  • An ongoing relationship with a Career Coach and a personalized visit to the Career Coach’s library
  • Training in identifying, developing, and conducting a research project
  • Online facilitated discussions and webinars related to the ARL strategic directions
  • A Closing Ceremony, held during the ALA Annual Conference (tentatively scheduled for June 28, 2014, Las Vegas, NV)


Applications are encouraged from librarians and other professional staff from traditionally underrepresented groups who meet all four of the following qualifications:

  • Have three to ten years of professional post–MLIS experience, or its equivalent
  • Show potential for leadership in a research library
  • Currently employed in an academic or research library or have a strong desire to work in a research library
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the US or Canada

Key Dates

Applications are due October 19, 2012. Please apply online.

Program dates are January 2013 through June 2014.

More Information

For additional information, visit the LCDP website or contact Mark A. Puente, ARL’s Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, at mpuente@arl.org.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.