The Nexus Project: Spanning Boundaries to Transform Library Leadership

November 2013 to October 2014
Principal Investigator(s): 

There have been many efforts over the last two decades to train library leaders through workshops, seminars, institutes, and fellows programs. The outcomes of these training efforts have varied. Studies conducted by CLIR and InfoPeople show that while some of these efforts may be working, they do not yet meet the breadth and depth of the demand within the field. Also, there has been little consistency to date in curriculum development and evaluation practices across these leadership-training programs.

While individual training programs have often documented their work through white papers and articles, there is a relative lack of comparison-based documentation regarding the breadth and depth of this existing spectrum of leadership-training activities, especially across library sectors (academic, public, government, private, archival). Nexus addresses the need for documentation of existing practices, cross-germination across leadership training groups, and the creation of a strong, extensible foundation to train and evaluate boundary-spanning leaders for the 21st century library field.

Project Partners:

  • ALA, Public Program Office - Mary Davis Fournier, Mary Hirsch
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) - Mary Ellen Davis, Kathryn Deiss
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) - Mark Puente
  • Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) - Shera Clark, Karen Dyer, David Horth
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) - Cal Shepard
  • Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) - Joan Lippincott
  • Council of State Archivists (CoSA) - Anne Ackerson
  • Dartmouth College - David Seaman
  • Illinois State Library ILEAD U - Anne Craig, Joe Natale
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM/AAHSL) - Carol Jenkins
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) - Chrystie Hill
  • Public Library Association (PLA) - Barb Macikas, Deborah Robertson
  • University of North Texas (UNT) - Martin Halbert
  • Virginia Tech Libraries - Tyler Walters

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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.