Scholarships available for the 2009 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute

ACRL announces the availability of two scholarships to support participation at the 2009 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, which will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 2-7, 2009.  In support of ACRL’s commitment to librarians serving diverse communities, these two scholarships are for individuals currently working in Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges or Universities; or Hispanic Serving Institutions.

The Institute is an intensive program held on the campus of Harvard University.  The goal of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute is to increase your capacity to lead and to manage.  Participants work with program faculty and with other participants-testing new ideas and developing new strategies for taking institutions into the future.  The ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. The program will also be useful for others who are regularly involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.  Complete details about the program are online.

The purpose of the scholarships is to support the participation of academic and research librarians from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges and Universities; or Hispanic Serving Institutions.  The scholarship covers the cost of tuition to the Institute ($2,400 value) and a $750 travel stipend.


Scholarship applicants must:

  • be current ACRL members;
  • be employed at an Historically Black College or University; Tribal College or University; or Hispanic Serving Institution;
  • complete the online scholarship application form;
  • submit a brief, written statement that describes how participation in the Institute will contribute to his or her leadership development, or define three ways in which the Institute will help improve her or his leadership effectiveness, and;
  • demonstrate that they have support from their institution to attend the Institute by submitting a brief statement of support from an appropriate supervisor/manager/director at the institution.

How to Apply
Complete the online application form by May 1, 2009.  Notifications will be issued in mid-to-late May 2009.

Please contact Margot Conahan at, 312-280-2522, if you have any questions or need additional details.