Engstrom, Bell, and Russell recipients of ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships

Contact: Margot Conahan


For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

Engstrom, Bell, and Russell recipients of ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships

CHICAGO — Carlene Engstrom, library director, D'Arcy McNickle Library, Salish Kootenai College; Gladys Smiley Bell, director, William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library, Hampton University; and Marilyn Russell, Institute of American Indian Arts, have been selected as recipients of the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships.

The scholarships were established to provide support for the participation of academic and research librarians from historically black colleges and universities or those employed at tribal colleges and universities. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition to the Institute, which will be held in Cambridge, Mass., August 6-11, 2006. ACRL awarded two of the scholarships. The third was provided by the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) courtesy of the Plan for Social Excellence, a Tampa-based foundation that has provided generous support to HIHE's Tribal College Leadership Development Project for administrators from tribal institutions.

Salish Kootenai College, located in Pablo, Mont., provides postsecondary educational opportunities for Native Americans, locally and from throughout the United States. The college strives to provide opportunities for individual self-improvement and promotes and helps maintain the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation.

Hampton University, founded in 1868, is a historically black, comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service.

The Institute of American Indian Arts is a national Native American fine arts college in Santa Fe, N.M. It is dedicated solely to the study and practice of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts and cultures, and has graduated more than 3,800 students representing 90 percent of the 562 federally recognized tribes in the nation.

“ACRL is delighted to provide these scholarships to the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute,” said Camila Alire, ACRL president. “The scholarships support the leadership and continuous learning goals in ACRL's strategic plan, as well as reflect ACRL's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the profession. We are thrilled that Harvard offered an additional scholarship so that three individuals could take advantage of this wonderful program.”

The ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute is an intensive program held on the campus of Harvard University. During the Institute, 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.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 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.