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U Guelph, U Waterloo Host ARL Leadership Fellows Institute

ARL Leadership Fellows 2013–2015, image courtesy Patrick Deaton

The ARL Leadership Fellows participated in their third and final strategic issues institute March 29–April 2, 2015. The libraries at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo and their directors Rebecca Graham and Mark Haslett jointly hosted the institute.

With an overall theme of “The Power of Partnerships” the ARL fellows engaged in conversations with many high-level administrators on both campuses, including Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor at Waterloo, and his counterpart at Guelph, Franco Vaccarino. The institute featured several interactive workshops, including one on work/life balance facilitated by Katrina Di Gravio, director of organizational health development at Waterloo, and consultant DeEtta Jones. Fellows from the host institutions also led a case-study exercise on the topic of consortial partnerships. The rich agenda was complemented by opportunities for fellowship and networking.

The 2013–2015 class of ARL Leadership Fellows will conclude their 18-month experience during the ARL Membership Meeting in Berkeley, California, later this month.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.