ACRL announces 2008 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships

Contact: Margot Conahan


(312) 280-2522

For Immediate Release,

January 29, 2008

ACRL announces 2008 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for the 2008 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, which will be held in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 3-8. In support of ACRL's commitment to librarians serving diverse communities, these two scholarships are for individuals currently working in historically black colleges and universities; tribal colleges or universities; and/or hispanic serving institutions. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29.

The Institute

The Institute is an intensive program held on the campus of Harvard University. The goal of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute is to increase participants' capacity to lead and manage. For six highly engaging days, participants will study, talk and attend classes. 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. The program will also be useful for others who are regularly involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus. Complete details about the program are online at (Click "Harvard Institute").


The purpose of the scholarships is to support the participation of academic and research librarians from the historically black colleges and universities; tribal colleges and universities; or hispanic serving institutions. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition to the Institute ($2,300 value). Expenses for travel and lodging will be the responsibility of the participant.


Scholarship applicants must:

  • be current ACRL members.
  • be employed at a historically black college or university; tribal college or university; or hispanic serving institution.
  • complete the online scholarship application form.
  • submit a brief written statement that describes how participation in the Institute will contribute to his or her leadership development or define three ways in which the Institute will help improve her or his leadership effectiveness.
  • demonstrate that they have support from their institution to attend the Institute by submitting a brief statement of support from an appropriate supervisor/manager/director at the institution.

How to Apply

Complete the application form available at:


The deadline to apply is Feb. 29. Notifications will be issued in late March 2008.


Please contact Margot Conahan at, or (312) 280-2522, if you have any questions or need additional details.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 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.