Professional Education

Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians

This program will not be offered during the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Program Overview

The Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians enables senior library leaders to better understand and respond to a complicated set of leadership challenges facing academic libraries. The institute reviews foundational concepts from LIAL, applies them to the dynamic competitive environment now facing libraries and extends them to the leadership challenges confronting the 21st century library. The institute creates a highly-interactive and engaging learning environment that will strengthen your strategic leadership skills, enhance your ability to forge effective partnerships and help you better understand how to position the library for future success.

Program Objectives

Key institute topics include strategic leadership and decision making, political leadership, team effectiveness and effective collaboration with members of the senior administration. The institute develops the key skills necessary for effective executive-level leadership:

  • Strategic Leadership and Decision Making. Consider the perspectives, insights and skills necessary to think strategically and lead effectively. Develop new ways of thinking that incorporate key features of the competitive environment and your internal assets to craft comprehensive strategy
  • External Leadership. Develop the skills needed to manage important external relationships constituencies, stakeholders, and interest groups more effectively. Learn how to exercise more effective political leadership, forge more productive partnerships, and develop strategic alliances
  • Leadership team effectiveness. Understand the intricacies of group dynamics and the skills needed to lead collaborative, team-based processes more effectively. Learn how to craft a shared vision from among a group of diverse constituencies and lead teams in productive and strategically-valuable ways
  • Collaborating with Senior Leadership. Understand the expectations of senior university level leaders and develop strategies to work with and influence university-level leaders in ways that advance both library and institutional interests

Who Should Attend

The institute is designed for past participants of the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) and other senior-level library leaders with significant fiscal, administrative, and personnel responsibilities in their libraries.

Testimonials and Stories

"I left the program with a renewed belief that committed individuals can make a positive difference and that I have something important to contribute to my campus."
-Karen Reilly
Associate Director, Library Services
College of the Holy Cross (MA)

Faculty Chair

James Honan is Senior Lecturer on Education and Educational Co-Chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Honan's teaching and research interests include financial management of nonprofit organizations, organizational performance measurement and management, and higher-education administration. Honan serves as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation and performance measurement and management to numerous colleges, universities, schools and nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Additional Faculty

Chris Dede is Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies with the Technology, Innovation, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dede's fundamental interest is the expanded human capabilities for knowledge creation, sharing, and mastery that emerging technologies enable. His teaching models the use of information technology to distribute and orchestrate learning across space, time, and multiple interactive media. His research spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives, policy formulation and analysis, and leadership in educational innovation.

Judith Block McLaughlin is Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. McLaughlin has written and consulted extensively on leadership transitions, presidential assessment, board-president relationships, senior staff functioning, and board governance. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chair of the Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council, the body that nominates trustees for the state's colleges and universities. She has served as dean of student affairs at two colleges, as executive director of the National Academy of Education, and as a high school social studies teacher.

Joseph Zolner is Lecturer on Education and Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As HIHE Director, he is responsible for the quality, relevance and variety of professional development programs offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the higher education community. Previously, Zolner served as Director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College, NY and Director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University, MA.

Enrollment Instructions

Participants are selected based upon the match between their stated objective and the goals of the institute. To maximize the learning experience, the institute aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible.

Fees

The comprehensive program fee covers tuition, all instructional materials and refreshments.

Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Since the Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other expenses incurred, it is recommended that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

Since the Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other expenses incurred, it is recommended that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program. The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.