The Senior Fellows is a professional development program for senior level academic librarians. The program offers a unique combination of management perspectives, strategic thinking, and practical and theoretical approaches to the issues confronting academic institutions and their libraries.
The Senior Fellows program is an intensive three-week residential program structured around a variety of learning experiences: lectures, guest speakers, case studies, field trips, and informal group study sessions. Sessions are held each morning, with afternoons usually devoted to study and recreation although some formal sessions will be scheduled.
The next Senior Fellows program will take place July 24 – August 12, 2016 at UCLA. Please see the application page for more information.
One of the most long-lasting benefits of the Senior Fellows programs is the interactions among the participants. The program brings together 15 top leaders in the academic library field who bring complementary experiences to the classroom. The program offers a rich environment for debate and discussion, a chance for reflection and study of individual and collective interests, and ample time for networking with other participants. Long-lasting personal and professional relationships are forged among the participants, the faculty, and fellows from other classes.
The Senior Fellows program is held on the beautiful UCLA campus. Fellows can participate in a wide variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities in the Los Angeles area, including world-class dining, theater, beaches, mountains and recreational activities.
Director: Professor Beverly P. Lynch
The Fellows program is directed by Professor Beverly P. Lynch. Dr. Lynch’s expertise includes the study of complex organizations and academic libraries as organizations, measurement and evaluation of libraries, and public policy. She was a Senior Fellow in the program’s first class and has directed the UCLA program since 1990, having joined the UCLA faculty as Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1989.
Dr. Lynch has been President of the Center for Research Libraries, University Librarian and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Executive Director of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and has worked as a librarian and administrator in the libraries of Yale University, Marquette University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Dr. Lynch has published six books and over 100 papers. She has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, with important work on the measurement and evaluation of libraries carried out England , India, China, and Cyprus . She has been an officer in the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions (IFLA).
Long active in professional associations, Dr. Lynch has been President of the American Library Association (ALA) and has chaired ALA ‘s committees on Accreditation and International Relations, among many others . She is immediate past chair of the National Information Standards Organization’s Board of Directors.
Faculty of the program in past years include:
- Professor Helen Astin, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA;
- Professor Terry Belanger, University Professor and Executive Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia;
- Professor Stanley Chodorow, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Council on Library and Information Resources, and Professor of History, University of California, San Diego;
- James Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Technology, UCLA;
- Carole Leland, Center for Creative Leadership;
- Carla Stoffle, University Librarian, University of Arizona and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Center for Research Libraries;
- Duane Webster, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries;
- Richard West, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, the California State University.