Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Academic Librarians in Higher Education

Wednesday, 11/15/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Over the years, many library researchers have found that underrepresented minority librarians leave the profession for various reasons: microaggressions, discrimination, burnout, lack of opportunity. But some of these academic librarians both stay in the profession and are motivated to become leaders.

Choosing to Lead will discuss retention and promotion issues of underrepresented minority academic librarians, and the motivation to lead of those who choose to stay in the profession. With the increase of underrepresented minority college students, the need for more underrepresented minority academic librarians in leadership is important. This webcast explores individual motivational factors of African American, American Indian, Asian, and Latin@ academic librarians through personal interviews and through their own narratives, and discusses designing leadership development plans. The findings come from a 2017 study on motivation to lead and from select chapters of the book entitled Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Academic Librarians in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to identify their own personal motivations to lead.
  • Participants will be able to explain the factors that contribute to the motivation to lead theory.
  • Participants will be able to begin designing leadership development plans for themselves or for their employees.

Who Should Attend

Academic Librarians, Academic Library Administrators, Academic Library Department Heads


Toni Olivas is the Education & Sociology Librarian at California State University San Marcos. She received her Master’s in Library Science from University of Arizona as one of the first Knowledge River graduates, and was a 2002 Spectrum Scholar. Dr. Olivas earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2014 from the University of California State University San Marcos, San Diego (a joint doctoral program with CSUSM). Her research includes various publications and presentations on the motivation to lead of underrepresented minority academic librarians and other diversity and inclusion topics in higher education. She is currently working on a book chapter in an upcoming ACRL publication with Ms. Torie Quinonez regarding the use of Validation Theory in Information Literacy classes among Latinx students.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

Registration materials will be available October 2017.

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


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