Nexus LAB: Leading Across Boundaries

October 2014 to September 2017
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The Nexus LAB project has assembled a broad range of leadership program facilitators and participants to develop resources to meet the diversity of leadership training needs across archives, libraries, and museums. The project aims to build a community for the experts providing museums, archives, and libraries leadership training. Together, project partners will increase trainer capacity through cross-sector knowledge sharing and the development of needed curriculum and evaluation resources, and develop a network of leadership trainers for archives, libraries and museums.

Project partners include:

  • Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) - Rosemary Pleva Flynn
  • ALA, Public Program Office - Mary Davis Fournier, Mary Hirsch
  • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) - Bob Beatty
  • Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) - Rachel Vagts
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) - Kristina Durocher (after October 2016) Jill Hartz (through October 2016)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) - Mary Ellen Davis, Kathryn Deiss
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) - Mark Puente
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) - Kris Vehrs
  • Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) - Shera Clark, Karen Dyer, David Horth
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) - Cal Shepard
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) - Rita Van Duinen
  • Council of State Archivists (CoSA) - Anne Ackerson
  • Getty Leadership Institute - Melody Kanschat
  • Illinois State Library ILEAD U - Anne Craig, Karen Egan, Joe Natale
  • Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE) - Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
  • Ithaka S&R - Deanna Marcum (through January 2017)
  • Johns Hopkins Museum Studies Program - Sarah Chicone (through January 2017)
  • Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) - Kerry Ward
  • Maureen Sullivan Associates - Maureen Sullivan
  • Medical Library Association (MLA) - Carla Funk
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) - Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
  • Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) - Monta Lee Dakin
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM) - Association of Academic Health Science Libraries (AAHSL) - Carol Jenkins
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) - Sharon Streams
  • Public Library Association (PLA) - Barb Macikas, Deborah Robertson
  • Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) - Laura Starratt
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA) - Kara Adams, Donna McCrea (through February 2017), Solveig De Sutter (through February 2017)
  • Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) - Susan Perry
  • Syracuse University - David Seaman
  • Toolkit Consulting - Lindsay Bealko
  • TrueBearing Consulting - Nathan Brown, Jessica Carr
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill SILS - Helen Tibbo
  • University of North Texas (UNT) - Martin Halbert
  • Virginia Tech Libraries - Tyler Walters

Project work is governed by the project's Advisory Board, with the following task force members guided consulting efforts for resource creation:

  • Curricular Resources Task Force Members: Sarah Chicone, Kathryn Deiss, Rosemary Pleva Flynn, Donna McCrea, and Rita Van Duinen
  • Evaluation Resources Task Force Members: Anne Ackerson, Karen Egan, Carla Funk, Melody Kanschat, Mark Puente, Rachel Vagts

Nexus LAB efforts, including the Nexus Layers of Leadership across Libraries, Archives, and Museums, build upon research produced within the broader Nexus effort.

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Deliverables & Resources

All resources created during this project and related projects can be found on the Nexus page.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.