Two University Libraries faculty members have been selected to participate in prestigious national professional development programs. Michelle Light, Director of Special Collections and Archives, was selected to participate in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program, while Brittany Fiedler, Teaching and Learning Librarian, was been selected as an American Library Association (ALS) Emerging Leader.
The 2018-19 cohort of the ARL Leadership Fellows program consists of 30 individuals from university research libraries across the country. The program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. During the course of the highly prestigious program, each fellow will construct a learning plan; engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director; participate in three week-long institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions; participate in online synchronous sessions; and attend semiannual association meetings.
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the U.S. 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.
The ALA Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program for newer librarians. The program is limited to no more than 50 participants each year. The program kicks off with a day-long session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, and continues with a six months of online and networking sessions, culminating with a poster session presentation at the ALA Annual Conference.