Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940, Jill Brett (202) 707-2905

July 1, 1993

Librarian of Congress Announces Leadership Development Program

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced a new initiative aimed at recruiting minorities and preparing them for mid-level managerial positions in the library science profession. The Leadership Development Program is made possible by a generous grant of $1 million from John Kluge, President of Metromedia and Chairman of the Library's James Madison Council, a private sector group that supports Library programs.

"The Leadership Development Program will enable the Library of Congress to fulfill its pledge of placing more minorities in managerial positions where they are currently underrepresented," said Dr. Billington. "The program is a tremendous opportunity for the Library to conduct the widest possible search for talented professionals."

Participants will be recruited from library science and other professions. All individuals will take part in a seminar on an important managerial topic as well as pursue a course tailored to their individual interests. An advisory panel will be chaired by Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.). Other members are: Dr. Charles Churchwell, Clark Atlanta University; Dr. Hardy Franklin, District of Columbia Public Library and President, American Library Association; Martin Gomez, Oakland Public Library; Susan Lee, Harvard University; Dr. Jessie Carney Smith, Fisk University; and Dr. John Tyson, Virginia State Library.

Library of Congress program coordinators are Denise Banks, Director of Affirmative Action and Special Programs, and Dr. Deanna Marcum, Director for Public Service and Collection Management I.

"If libraries are to transform themselves to be the information resources they must become in the 21st century, new professional leadership is required," said Dr. Marcum. "This program seeks to revitalize the profession, while providing opportunities for those who, historically, have not had a voice in shaping our cultural and educational institutions."

"The Library is in a unique position to build upon the remarkable talent pool of individuals from diverse backgrounds to assume positions of leadership in the nation's libraries," said Ms. Banks. "The Leadership Program presents an excellent opportunity for the Library to enrich its leadership reservoir with the diversity that is reflective of our nation."

Program brochures will be distributed on July 1. Application forms for the program may be obtained from Denise Banks, Affirmative Action and Special Programs Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-2250; or from Deanna Marcum, PSCMI, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4700.

Applications for the first program cycle, which begins Jan. 3, 1994, are due Sept. 15, 1993.

Contact: Deanna Marcum
Public Service and Collection Management I
(202) 707-5325

Denise Banks
Director of Affirmative Action and Special Programs
(202) 707-2941

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PR 93-084
ISSN 0731-3527

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