Higher education requires leaders, particularly in the information sector, who can inspire, advocate for, and advance needed change. The Leading Change Institute brings together librarians, information technologists, and others who seek to further develop their skills for the benefit of higher education.

Since the inception of the Institute in June 2000, key higher education issues have included new sources of competition, use of technology to support effective teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, an increasing focus on students and, fundamentally, a transformation in the qualities necessary for leadership in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing environment. These issues continue to frame the complex landscape of higher education and to inform the Leading Change Institute’s scope.

Together with the deans and other thought leaders from the community, fellows in the Institute contemplate the current and future impact of these issues in the higher education community. They discuss numerous approaches to addressing these issues, including ideas for collaboration, collective creativity, and innovation within and across departments, institutions, and local or regional boundaries; the conceptualization of blended positions and organizations; and the importance of community mentorship and advocacy. Speakers from a wide range of backgrounds share real-life problems across the higher education landscape for which, over the course of the Institute, participants are challenged to devise and propose solutions.

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2019 LCI: Key Dates

  • Jan. 18

    Application deadline

    Last day to submit applications

  • Mar. 1

    Notifications to applicants

    Class of 2019 is announced

  • Jun. 2-7

    2019 LCI

    2019 LCI held in Washington, DC

2019 Deans

Deans Joanne Kossuth and Elliott Shore have led the Institute since 2012.

Joanne Kossuth currently acts as the Chief Information Officer for Mitchell College, where she is responsible for educational, administrative and enterprise technologies as well as for library information services. In addition, Joanne has established her own business, 1MountainRoad, focused on supporting higher education through consultation, implementation practices and services and leadership development. She has been involved for a number of years in NERCOMP and EDUCAUSE, where she has served on the board, and in 2014 she received their award for Community Leadership.

Elliott Shore is the special advisor to the Board of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). He previously served a five year term as ARL’s Executive Director. At the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Dr. Shore is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow and has several leadership roles, serving as co-dean in CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program since its inception in 2003, co-founder to the CLIR/CIOs group, and a mentor to the CLIR Mellon Dissertation Fellows in Original Research. Previously, Elliott was the Constance A. Jones director of libraries, CIO, and professor of history at Bryn Mawr College, and before that, head of the Historical-Studies Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.