An important  component of the College Library Director Mentoring Program is a three-day seminar held prior to a major American Library Association Conference (ACRL or Midwinter). Faculty members include  Melissa Jadlos, St. John Fisher College, Lisa Johnston, Eckerd College, Joan Ruelle, Elon University and special guests. While particular topics vary with the interests of the participants, all relate to how to deal successfully with the challenges at a small college. A major goal of the seminar is to form a bond among the participants which facilitates the creation of a network that the participants can rely on in future years.

During the seminar, participants will explore a variety of topics relating to library leadership including:

Tom Kirk and Susan Barnes Whyte at a CLDMP seminar

Tom Kirk and Susan Barnes Whyte at a CLDMP seminar

  • Strategies for working more effectively with campus personnel such as the Chief Academic Officer, HR professionals, IT professionals.
  • Communicating library value
  • Applying the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education
  • Considering the future of the College Library and how to talk about it internally and externally
  • Identifying the strengths within your organization and how to use them effectively

Through case studies, small and large group exercises, discussion and laughter, participants will realize they have many tools in their toolbox and a cohort of friends and colleagues who are experiencing similar issues. With new colleagues and a cadre of program alumni to call on for support, the learning curve suddenly doesn’t seem so steep or the path so solitary.