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Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP)

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LCDP 2011-2012 Fellows
2011-12 LCDP Fellows, January 2011
Photo by J.T. MacMillan

The LCDP is an 18-month program to prepare mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. The LCDP addresses the need for research libraries to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This is accomplished, in part, by providing meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries.

The design of the LCDP includes: three institutes; a career-coaching relationship with an ARL library director or senior staff member; training on identifying, developing, and conducting a research project during the fellowship; online discussions and webinars related to the ARL strategic directions; and a closing event and poster session held during American Library Association annual meeting.