ACRL releases 'Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes'

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/14/2015


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist


CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes.” Edited by Irene M. H. Herold, and featuring a foreword by Maureen Sullivan, the work focuses on leadership development programs for academic and research librarians. “Creating Leaders” is number 69 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series.

There are a wide variety of leadership development opportunities available to academic and research librarians. The eighteen programs studied in “Creating Leaders” provide a diverse array of possibilities for those contemplating attending or implementing an academic leadership development program. Each program chapter explores the history, curriculum, leadership theories and author-participant perspectives on that program. Some include a study of past participants’ perceptions of the program’s effectiveness in developing leadership, or a longitudinal look at career trajectories, while others include a case study of the application of program concepts. The final chapters compile the eighteen programs into one research study and draw conclusions that facilitate a better understanding of issues in leadership development in academic and research libraries.

“Creating Leaders” explores whether leadership development programs develop leadership, the value of attending a leadership development program and what a participant can reasonably expect, and ought never expect, if they attend a particular program. Whether contemplating attending a program, developing a program, or having an interest in what others consider essential theories or activities for personal leadership development, this book provides an informative look into a variety of approaches to creating academic and research library leaders.

"Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) 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.