ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute
Conroy, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services,
attended the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians,
August 8-13, 2004. Now in its sixth year, the Leadership Institute
is an intensive program designed for librarians with “significant
administrative responsibility in an institution of higher education”.
Participants include library directors, associate/assistant directors,
and others with top leadership responsibilities in their organizations.
The class this year consisted of 98 librarians from the United
States, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Arab Republic of Egypt, Canada,
and Germany, The curriculum of the Institute is oriented around
case studies and group discussions. Libraries in academia share
many of the same problems regardless of size, type, or location.
Creative approaches to leadership are generated through ongoing
discussions of shared issues. The intensive, immersion approach
to the program leads to quickly formed bonds among the participants.
Ongoing communication among participants is facilitated through
the Institute listserv for the class.
Library of the Vietnamese Catholic Church
Lowd, Associate University Librarian This past summer
a team from Boston College, which included Julio Giulietti, SJ,
Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Nham Vu, Serial
Specialist, myself and accompanied by Professor Phu Nguyen, emigration
lawyer and team translator, traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
to meet with Cardinal Pham Minh Man and other members of his staff
to discuss the foundation
of the Library of the Vietnamese Catholic Church. Under Cardinal
Man’s leadership, the Catholic Church and the Vietnamese
socialist government have established a new and growing collaboration.
According to Father Giulietti, “the development of a major
library at the service of both Catholic Vietnamese and readers
in general is a positive step toward dialogue and reconciliation
on many levels”.
The team met over several days to visit the site of the proposed
library, to visit other structures being rehabilitated around
the proposed site and to meet with Cardinal Man and his “ad
hoc library staff”. This library will represent a reawakening
of the Catholic intellectual tradition in Vietnam by providing
a place for study and reflection with access to books, journals
and electronic resources. Cardinal Man has a grand vision for
this proposed library with large meeting rooms, training rooms,
a dining facility, computer research areas, reader spaces and
of course, room for book stacks. The library
team came up with a design which will serve the needs of the
many religious leaders, scholars and students for years to come.
The visit also included a side trip to Cu Chi, to visit the
Daughters of Charity’s AIDS hospice, home to a few of the
children and adults in Vietnam dying of HIV/AIDS. Cu Chi is located
not far from the famous Cu Chi tunnels which enabled Vietnamese
fighters to operate for years without being spotted by American
troops and airplanes. The hospice is in a remote area, beautiful,
yet exceedingly poor. The hospice, run by half a dozen sisters,
provides a sparkling, peaceful respite from the horrors of the
disease. The beautiful orchids that the sisters grow to raise
money to support the hospice offer a soft counterpoint to the
suffering of the patients.
The Vietnamese Catholic Church has tremendous tasks ahead, to
rebuild itself, to regain buildings once confiscated and used
as cramped apartments, to once again be part of the vibrant life
of the country. The Boston College Libraries are proud to contribute
to this enormous undertaking. View
photos from the trip.
The Minnesota Institute for Early-Career Librarians
Baildon, Scholarly Communication Reference Librarian The Minnesota
Institute for Early-Career Librarians offered a week of intensive
professional and leadership training for twenty-four academic
librarians new to the profession. Held in Minneapolis at the University
of Minnesota from October 16 to 23, the fourth biannual institute
welcomed librarians from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented
in the profession, providing an opportunity to develop skills
and build a career network.
I was fortunate to be selected to attend the institute, where
I joined colleagues from universities across the country, including
Columbia, Duke, and UCLA. We undertook a demanding schedule of
workshops, which were led by University of Minnesota librarians,
instructors from the Twin Cities academic community, and trainers
from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a nationwide
consortium that includes the Boston College Libraries.
Workshops in leadership and organizational behavior were expertly
led by DeEtta Jones and Kathryn Deiss of the ARL Office of Leadership
and Management Services (OLMS). In addition to exercises about
participants' personal career vision and professional strengths
and talents, the workshops included sessions about organizational
culture, group development, and effective problem-solving, including
collaborative work on case studies.
Professional workshops included an excellent presentation about
grant writing by Barbara Davis, a grant-writing instructor at
the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and St. Mary's University
in Minneapolis. Dr. Richard Krueger of the University of Minnesota's
Extension Service, a national expert on focus groups, conducted
a lively and informative session on the topic. Workshops on library
assessment and instructional design were held by Jerilyn Veldof
and Jan Roseen of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Our work continues after the institute's conclusion as we meet
with mentors (chosen by participants) at our home institutions.
Chris Conroy, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services,
will work with me as a mentor to translate the concepts and skills
presented at the institute to our efforts at the Boston College