The program had its beginnings in an informal conversation during an American Library Association conference sometime in the late 1980s. A dinner conversation among Mignon Adams, Sandy Ready, Anne Commerton, Larry Hardesty, Michael Kathman, and Jackie McCoy led to a discussion of their preparation, or lack thereof, for the college library director position. The following year, Jackie McCoy, as chair of the College Libraries Section of ACRL, created an ad hoc College Leadership Committee with Larry Hardesty as chair. Caroline Coughlin, Evan Farber, Bart Harloe, Carolyn Sheehy, and Mary Sellen initially served on the committee. Damon Hickey soon joined this committee as a replacement for Mary Sellen.
For the full story of the beginnings of the program see: Larry Hardesty, “College Library Directors’ Mentor Program: ‘Passing It On:’ A Personal Reflection,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 (July 1997): 281-290.
For other articles about the College Library Director Mentoring Program, see In the News.
Here’s a list of previous participants.