For immediate release | September 16, 2013

Register now for 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with other higher education associations to offer the 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Dec. 3-6, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird registration deadline for the institute is Nov. 1, 2013. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available on the institute website.

The Women's Leadership Institute is an experience which provides professional development opportunities on issues that affect women within the higher education community. Attendees are women who represent the many functional areas on campus who aspire to be senior leaders in higher education and share a passion for the field.

Leadership development and positioning continue to be concerns for women in society in general and are a focus for the development of the next generation of leaders in higher education. Research shows that while the gap may be narrowing, pay and promotion disparity continue to be problems for women working on campus. The Women's Leadership Institute mission is to bring together women who represent the vast communities across institutions of higher education. 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 campus 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 fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, an opening reception, one dinner, one lunch, one brunch and two continental breakfasts. Registration materials are available online.

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


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Margot Conahan

Manager of Professional Development