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Reminder: College Library Director Mentoring Program (for New Directors at Small Colleges) Seeking Applicants

(via Melissa Jadlos, St. John Fisher College)

Are you, or do you know a new College Library Director?

If you are a new Library Director at a small college library, please consider joining the College Library Director Mentoring Program. The program, now in its 26th year, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities of new college  library directors, and to help them meet the unique challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges.  First year directors are assigned a mentor to listen and provide support throughout the year.  There is also a series of webinars and a 3 day seminar in April before ACRL.  Topics are based on participants’ needs and may include planning, campus politics, and leadership issues.

A previous participant said:

Thanks to interactions with my mentor, the faculty of the program, and fellow participants I am better able to identify ways to move my institution forward in regard to assessment, policy making, and programming to better serve my college. Though it sometimes feels as if I’m scaling a mountain, it’s encouraging to know that others have similar experiences and can testify to the fact that there are moments in which I’ll be able to reach a vista and enjoy the beauty of the work that has been done.

Applicants must be new directors at a small, college library (fewer than 3500 undergraduate FTE) and cannot have previously been a director at a small college library.  Additional information about qualifications and the application process is available on the Program website:

If you are interested in applying for the 2018-2019  cohort, please fill out the application form on the website.


Robert Fleming

CLDMP co-director/cohort 2007-08

Iwasaki Library

Emerson College

Boston, MA

617 549 3485


Melissa Jadlos

CLDMP co-director/cohort 2006-07

Lavery Library

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY


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