ACRL Presents: Inclusive Leadership

Join ACRL for the free ACRL Presents webcast “Inclusive Leadership” from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

In this discussion about library-centered inclusive leadership our expert panel will reflect on the proposed definition of inclusive leadership, share their diverse experiences in the profession, and spur discussion among participants.

Attendees will grow their:

  • Understanding of inclusive leadership
  • Awareness of best practices to embed DEI in leadership approaches 
  • Knowledge of professional development opportunities to build leadership capacity

Proposed Definition: Inclusive library leaders are individuals who are aware of their own biases, actively seek out and consider different perspectives to inform their decision-making, collaborate more effectively with others through cultural competency, and center empathy and compassion in their approach to leadership. —Inspired by the CCL definition of Inclusive Leadership

The audience is invited to:

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee.


Annie Bélanger is the Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University. Previously, she was the Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence at the University of Waterloo. Being an accessibility and inclusion advocate as well as her experiences in academic, corporate, public libraries, and government settings define her career.

Her research now focuses on leadership and skills development, most specifically on Appreciative Inquiry, inclusive hiring and culture development, human-centered change leadership, and strengths-based empathetic workforce development. Annie is Québéçoise and disabled. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from Western University, Canada. She is an ARL Leadership Fellow.

Maisha Carey (she/her) is Deputy University Librarian and Director of Organizational Learning at the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press where she leads the Library’s Human Resources and Organizational Development programs. She holds a Master of Library Science degree and BA in History from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware. Maisha has 15 years of equity-minded experience in teaching, librarianship, and organizational development work spanning across school, community college, and university libraries.

Dr. Jolie O. Graybill is currently Dean of Libraries at North Dakota State University. Jolie’s academic library career spans nearly 18 years and three other academic libraries. Prior to joining NDSU, Jolie served as Assistant Director with the University of Minnesota Libraries, Minitex where she was responsible for the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education unit and the Minnesota Digital Library. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Jolie served in two different librarian positions, initially as Multicultural Services Librarian, and then as Image and Multimedia Collections Coordinator. At Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library, Jolie was an Academic Programs Librarian and Team Leader for the Social & Behavioral Sciences team. Prior to academic libraries, Jolie worked in higher education as a Cooperative Extension educator at the University of Minnesota, and as an Extension educator at the University of Arizona.

Since July 2022, Elaine Westbrooks has been the University Librarian at Cornell University.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Library which includes over 15 libraries and 350 staff. Westbrooks serves on the board of numerous organizations, including the Hathi Trust Digital Library, the Center for Open Science, and the Digital Public Library of America. Westbrooks is a leading thinker on issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries. While leading the University Libraries at UNC, Chapel Hill, Westbrooks lead the creation of the Reckoning Initiative, which has become an exemplar for transformational equity work in academic libraries.  She has a B.A. and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.