For immediate release | August 27, 2012

Register now for 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with higher education associations to offer the 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Nov. 27-30, 2012, in Dana Point, Calif. and Dec. 2-5, 2012, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird registration deadline for the institute is Oct. 17 for the California program and Oct. 24 for the Florida program. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available on the institute website.

The institute brings together mid-level administrators from across campus functions to hone leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment, develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture, share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to new realities and create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community. Through presentations, small-group exercises and discussion, attendees will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. It provides a special opportunity to learn, not just about leadership skills, but about how other parts of the campus function, what their priorities and challenges are and how to bridge the communication gap that may exist when we try to work across “cultures.”

The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.

Registration materials are available online. Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, dinner, lunch, brunch and two continental breakfasts.

Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

1-800-545-2433 ext.2517