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The Library and Institutional Success

July 16-26, 2024

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The Library and Institutional Success

The Chronicle and Ithaka S+R are partnering to provide library leaders a professional development program tailored to their unique challenges and goals. This two-week virtual program is designed to empower participants to develop their leadership skills and drive institutional success.

The first week of this program will offer librarians a chance to dive into three core seminars. These high-level, large-format seminars will include insights on national trends, the higher-ed business model, and the library’s role in institutional initiatives.

The second week will divide the larger group into topic-based workshops. Each group will hone personal action plans based on their area of focus and the strategic needs of their institutions. Participants can choose from workshop session topics including the library’s role in the research enterprise, the library’s role in student success and community, and the library’s role in teaching and learning.

For inquiries on program content and registration, please reach out to

Program Packages

All-Access Workshop Program

For current and incoming library leaders

This package includes:

  • Three 1-hour seminars, plus post-event recordings
  • Up to three 2.5-hour small-group workshops on areas of key interest for library leaders
  • The Library of the Future, a Chronicle report
  • A Visioning Roadmap to implement goals within your institutional context
  • Opportunities for self- and peer-assessment
$995 - $1,695

Seminar Bundle

For future library leaders and other stakeholders:

This package includes:
  • Three 1-hour seminars, plus post-event recordings
  • The Library of The Future, a Chronicle report

Program Leaders

Liz McMillen
Executive Editor, Chronicle Intelligence
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Mark McBride
Associate Director for Libraries, Scholarly Communications, and Museums
Ithaka S+R
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Roger C. Schonfeld
Vice President, Organizational Strategy and Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums
Ithaka S+R


Program Overview

All Access Program Overview

This dynamic two-week program is designed for prospective and current librarian leaders, diving deep into the ways that a campus library and its associated functions can prosper, and the ways that the success of a library contributes to institutional success. The live components of the All-Access program are presented in two modes: seminars and workshops.

  • Seminars are live, 60-minute Zoom Webinar events that will be recorded and distributed to registrants upon their conclusion.
  • Workshops are live, 2.5-hour Zoom Meeting events that include small groups from each topic focus. Registrants will sign up based on desired workshop topic and timing. Due to the interactive nature of these events, they will not be recorded for post-event distribution.


The first week of the program includes three 1-hour seminars on the following topics:
  • July 16, 2024, 12 p.m. ET | National Trends in Higher Education
  • July 17, 2024, 12 p.m. ET | Understanding the Higher-Ed Business Model
  • July 18, 2024, 12 p.m. ET | The Library as a Driver of Institutional Success


The second week of the program includes up to three topic-based workshops. The topic options are as follows:

July 23, 2024 | The Library’s Role in Teaching and Learning: This workshop will highlight how library leaders can dedicate resources towards instructional design and curriculum development, digital and information literacy initiatives, open educational resources for textbook affordability, and more.

July 25, 2024 | The Library’s Role in Student Success and Community: This workshop will highlight how library leaders can enhance student success at their institution through identifying and assessing student needs, developing services, enhancing community spaces, leveraging technology, and more.

July 26, 2024 | The Library’s Role in the Research Enterprise: This workshop will highlight how library leaders can impact research support services, scholarly communication, access to information resources, research collaboration, and more.

Program Pricing
Our program is offered with flexible registration depending on your professional development needs. The pricing of each package is as follows:

  • Single-Workshop All-Access Package: $995
  • Two-Workshop All-Access Package: $1,395
  • Three-Workshop All Access Package: $1,695
  • Seminar-Only Bundle: $395

Specialized pricing on the All-Access packages is available for consortia groups, community colleges, and for institutional groups of 3 or more. Reach out to for group inquiries.
National Trends in Higher Education
12:00 PM, July 16, 2024
Over the past few years, the higher-ed landscape has faced rapid change and persistent turbulence—but also has great opportunities for growth and dynamic change. Staying informed about this shifting environment, and differentiating between passing fads and long-term structural changes, is critical to understanding your institution’s strategy, and to making strategic decisions for your library.

Join us for this 60-minute session to discuss key trends in higher education and its economic and policy context.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How higher education institutions are adapting to a shifting enrollment and budgetary landscape.
  • Strategies for equitably serving the emerging majority of students who are older, working, have earned credits elsewhere, or are from minority or lower-income backgrounds.
  • How higher education institutions are innovating in response to new technologies and a growing emphasis on sub-degree credentials.
  • How declining public trust and increasing political intervention are affecting the priorities and structure of higher education institutions.
Understanding the Higher-Ed Business Model
12:00 PM, July 17, 2024
As colleges explore different strategies to achieve a sustainable future, it’s essential for chairs to understand their institution’s financial context.

What is a discount rate? Where does most of a college’s revenue come from? What is its greatest expense? For many faculty members and unit leaders, the financial realities of their institution as a whole – and the sustainability of its operations -- are not often on their radar. To lead a library strategically, understanding the mounting financial pressures facing campuses, whether falling enrollment, decreased public funding, and constraints on tuition increases, is increasingly important.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The financial fundamentals of different kinds of institutions
  • How external pressures are reshaping institutional finances
  • The most common financial strategies colleges pursue and how they affect academic departments

    Liz McMillen
    As executive editor of Chronicle Intelligence, Liz McMillen brings more than 30 years of experience covering higher education. She is a sought-after speaker who frequently addresses college leaders in the United States and overseas about big-picture trends in higher education.
    The Library as a Driver of Institutional Success
    12:00 PM, July 18, 2024
    In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, it is crucial for academic library leaders to understand and actively drive the role of libraries in pioneering institutional success. As stewards of knowledge and innovation, these leaders are uniquely positioned to influence and expand the library’s impact across research, teaching, and student success domains.

    By strategically aligning library services and resources with the broader goals of their institutions, leaders can demonstrate the library’s integral role on campus. This proactive approach not only reinforces the library’s value but also ensures its continued relevance and resilience in the face of digital transformation and changing academic needs. Effective leadership in academic libraries, therefore, is essential not just for the success of the library itself but for the institution as a whole, as it empowers the library to become a central hub for academic and community innovation.

    In this session, you will learn:
    • The key strategic priorities of the institution and the ways in which the library contributes to those priorities
    • How to align the goals of the library to the goals of the institution
    • The core functions of the library on campus, and the ways to maximize success in each role
    The Library’s Role in Teaching and Learning
    July 23, 2024
    As higher-ed evolves, libraries are emerging as pivotal hubs for fostering teaching and learning, moving from traditional roles centered on curating books and journals to offering innovative services that boost research and facilitate academic collaboration.

    These leaders will share insights and examples showcasing how their campus teaching and learning support has benefited faculty and students, solidifying the library’s role as a leading and trusted campus partner.

    Partipants will advance the following skills:
    • Effective Collaboration : Participants will learn strategies to identify and evaluate collaborative opportunities between libraries and academic departments to support curriculum and faculty development. They will also learn to better engage with other units on campus that support student learning and faculty development for their teaching
    • Strategic Planning and Leadership: Participants will develop the ability to craft and implement strategic plans that align library services with the institution’s academic goals. They will also gain leadership skills to foster an innovative, collaborative, and adaptable culture among library staff.
    • Resources Management and Advocacy : Participants will understand practical resource management principles, including budgeting, collection development, and space utilization, to support teaching and learning priorities. They will also learn techniques for securing resources and personnel to support teaching and learning.
    • Professional Development and Staff Empowerment : Participants will be introduced to proven strategies that encourage continuous learning, innovation, and a collaborative culture within the library staff, while learning how to develop professional growth.
    • Assessment and Evidence-Based Decision Making: Participants will implement assessment strategies to better gauge library services’ impact on student learning outcomes and academic success, while also learning to measure the effectiveness of innovative teaching and learning practices

    Session options:
    • July 23, 9 a.m. ET
    • July 23, 1 p.m. ET
    The Library’s Role in Student Success
    July 25, 2024
    Participants will engage with library leaders who have a proven track record of implementing strategies to enhance services and support student success at their institution.

    This program aims to equip participants with knowledge, strategies, and tools to contribute meaningfully to student achievement and institutional goals.

    Participants will understand the academic library’s role in student success, learn practical skills and strategies to enhance library services, spaces, and resources, develop plans to provide student support through inclusive services and establish a network of peers and experts for future collaboration and support.

    Participants will:
    • Identify Student Needs : Participants will learn to recognize the diverse academic and informational needs of students across all disciplines. They will also learn assessment techniques, including surveys, focus groups, and data analysis, to better tailor library services to student demographics.
    • Develop Services to Promote College Fluency : Participants will gain insights into their institution’s ability to support student accessibility to services and resources, and will engage with peers to devise effective solutions and strategies to enhance college fluency needs.
    • Enhance Library Spaces for Student Learning and Collaboration: Participants will learn the principles of designing conducive library spaces to cater to various learning styles. Additionally, they will learn how to improve existing spaces for study, group work, and events, and will explore the impact of these spaces on student learning, enriching the entire education environment.
    • Leverage Technology to support student success : Learn how to evaluate and implement technology solutions, such as digital resources, learning management tools and multimedia tools, that support student learning and research. They will also gain insights into offering technology literacy support to students, ensuring equitable access to learning resources.
    • Develop Inclusive and Accessible Library Services: Learn to design and implement library services that are inclusive and accessible to all students, emphasizing support for those with disabilities and diverse backgrounds. They will also master best practices to ensure library resources, services and programs are equitable to support the success of every student

    Session options:
    • July 25, 9 a.m. ET
    • July 25, 1 p.m. ET
    The Library’s Role in the Research Enterprise
    July 26, 2024
    Researchers rely on academic libraries to support them in all stages by providing them with resources that facilitate creation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge.

    In this 2.5 hour session, participants will learn from experts whose organizations partner in campus research. They’ll cover research support, scholarly communication, information access, and trust-building through collaboration and networking.

    Participants will:
    • Be able to articulate the changing dynamics of libraries in higher education, including the shift towards securing research funding, recruiting high profile faculty and the library’s role in supporting institutional goals.
    • Develop skills to effectively communicate the value of library services and resources in supporting stakeholder research efforts.
    • Understand the various open-access models, navigate copyright issues, and stay updated with scholarly publishing trends
    • Learn strategies for when and how to advocate for open access funds, including managing both institutional and extra-institutional repositories
    • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of Research Data Management (RDM) practices
    • Demonstrate an understanding of Legal, Ethical, and Compliance issues, including copy right law, data privacy regulations & compliance with funding agency requirements

    Session options:
    • July 26, 9 a.m. ET
    • July 26, 1 p.m. ET