Past Program:

Strategic Planning 101

Jointly presented by the ACRL-NEC and the Leadership Development Committee

Facilitated by Tracey Leger-Hornby, Consultant, and Lauren Slingluff, Associate Dean, UConn Library

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bryant University

Tracey Leger-Hornby, consultant, and Lauren Slingluff, Associate Dean, UConn Library, will facilitate.

Strategic Planning 101 will be a blend of theory, practical experience, and hands on exercises and tools to support librarians in engaging in strategic planning work at all levels of their organization. This session will be interactive and collaborative with all participants asked to read a case in advance that will be evaluated and analyzed throughout the workshop. 

After attending the workshop participants will: 

  1. Understand what strategic planning is and how it differs from tactics
  2. Have a familiarity with the reasons to engage in strategic planning and the benefits of conducting strategic planning
  3. Have a sense of the basic process and a general road map of how to conduct a strategic plan, including knowledge of tools, tips, and things to look out for

Tracey Leger-Hornby

Dr. Tracey Leger-Hornby is an independent consultant specializing in library strategic planning and management. Her engagements include interim leadership roles as director of the Worcester Public Library and Head of Research and Instruction at Wheaton College. She also developed and presented an online course on library budgeting for Library Juice Academy. In prior positions, as Dean of Library Services at WPI and Library Director at Rivier University, she led those libraries through periods of transition and change. At Brandeis University, she served in senior leadership roles that included project management of a university-wide implementation of administrative software (PeopleSoft). At Simmons College, she served as an instructional librarian specializing in technology implementation.  Dr. Leger-Hornby served for many years in academic technology and academic library professional organizations. She was co-chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the ACRL New England Chapter and as chair of the Northeast Regional Computing Program, (NERCOMP) helped organize membership-driven models for SIG programs and board leadership. She holds a Ph. D. from Boston College, an M.L.S. from Dalhousie University and a B.A. from Simmons College. Outside of work, she does historic research for Historic Newton determining the building dates for homes in the city as part of a fundraising effort for the museum. She also takes great delight in being “Grammy” to three of the most adorable grandchildren in the world.

Lauren Slingluff

Lauren Slingluff is the Associate Dean for the UConn Library and co-chairs their strategic planning steering committee. Within the library her area of responsibility includes: financial services, budgeting, and participating in donor stewardship; facilities, security and space planning; communications and engagement; as well as library technology. Her professional areas of interest are change management, open educational resources (OER), and data analysis. Previously she worked at Wheaton College in Massachusetts as Associate Dean and Interim Dean in the Library and oversaw a large collection management program along with growing their OER program on campus. Lauren holds a MSLIS from Simmons College and completed her undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University with a double major in Religious Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Outside of work, she serves on the ACRL New England Chapter board as Treasurer and enjoys reading, knitting, and living a highly caffeinated life.

You do not want to miss this!

Past Program:
Value and Impact of Assessment: The Forest and the Leaves

Location: Hogan Center, Room 320, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

The new NEASC accreditation standards, introduced in 2015, emphasize assessment and learning outcomes without specifically highlighting libraries. While this can be viewed as a challenge, it is also an opportunity to engage in new conversations on the essential role libraries play in the higher education landscape, especially our contributions to institutional goals. What role can you play in shaping these discussions on your campus?  What strategies can you use to change or enhance working relationships between academic librarians and other campus constituents, including information technology, institutional research, and institutional assessment, to ensure library efforts align with institutional goals?

The ACRL/NEC Leadership Development Committee is pleased to offer a program that provides multiple perspectives from librarians and faculty who have expertise in assessment, cultural change, and learning outcomes. This program highlights new methods of developing effective leadership strategies that could help our institutions achieve their goals by creating culture change and other opportunities that ensure libraries are included in conversations about outcomes and assessment.

Speaker (keynote): Gavin Henning, New England College 

Speaker: Rachael Barlow, Wesleyan University

Speaker: Alan Carbery, Champlain College

Speaker: Rachel Lewellen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Sponsored by the ACRLNEC Leadership Development Committee. For details contact James Salisbury

Registration and coffee: 9:00am to 9:30 am

Welcome and Introductions: 9:30 to 9:40

Keynote (Gavin Henning): 9:40 to 10:30 (including time for questions)

Break from 10:30 to 10:45

Panel discussion on assessment with all four speakers from 10:45 to 12:00

10:45 – 11:15     Rachel, Rachael, and Alan introduced and speak for up to 10 mins. each

11:15 – 11:30     Tracey asks questions of all four panelists

11:30 – 11:50     Open the floor for questions – each committee member to come with at least one question

11:50 – 12:00     Finish up panel; bathroom break; transition to lunch

Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00

Facilitated discussion tables from 1:15 to 2:45 (attendees can go to two different tables with each discussion lasting 45 minutes each)

Final conversation/wrap-up from 2:45 – 3:00

Past Program:

Libraries and Student Retention: Making a Difference through Assessment

Sponsored by the ACRLNEC Leadership Development Committee

Please join us for a conversation about assessing the impact of your library instruction on student retention.

Assessment may be a buzzword in higher education, but, without it, how do we know if we’re making a difference in the education of our students? Can we demonstrate that library instruction translates into outcomes such as higher student retention or persistence to graduation? How do we go about gathering and analyzing the data to make the case that library instruction contributes to these institutional goals?

The ACRL/NEC Leadership Development Committee invites you to a group viewing of the Carterette Webinar, “Getting Started with Assessing Student Retention,” with Mary O’Kelly, Associate Librarian and Head of Instructional Services at Grand Valley State University. O’Kelly presents a replicable process for gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data to demonstrate the correlation between library instruction and student retention and explains how her library accomplishes this without a dedicated assessment librarian. By using data the library already collects and working with institutional research, you’ll be ready to answer questions about the positive impact librarian visits to classes can have on your students.

The recorded webinar will be followed by an informal discussion about ways libraries can begin or augment assessment of library instruction programs. We will use O’Kelly’s article, Seven Questions for Assessment Planning: a discussion starter, to guide our discussion and create a list of takeaways to bring back to your library. Article available at

O’Kelly, M. (2015). Seven questions for assessment planning: A discussion starter.

College & Research Libraries News, 76 (9), 488-494.

Dates: varies by location - Week of January 9th with snow date for each location

Locations, dates, and times:

  • U Mass Amherst – January. 9, 2017 (snow date January 13, 2017)

Webinar and discussion: 10:00am-12:00pm, Calipari Room, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Hosts Leslie Button and Carol Will, RSVP to Carol: (

413-545-7895 (Café on premises).

  • U Mass Dartmouth – January 11, 2017 (snow date January 13, 2017)

Webinar and discussion: 10am-12:00pm, Library Room 314, Claire T. Carney Library,

RSVP to Kari Mofford (

  • Wesleyan University – January 10, 2017 (snow date January 12, 2017)

Coffee available at 9:00am; webinar and discussion 9:30am – 12:00pm, Olin Library Develin Room

Hosts: Diane Klare and Melissa Behney, RSVP to Melissa (

  • Boston University – January 9, 2017 (snow date January 12, 2017)

Webinar and discussion: 10:00am-12:00pm

Host: RSVP to Laura Kohl (

  • UNH Manchester – January 10, 2017 (snow date January 11, 2017)

Coffee available at 9:30am, webinar and discussion 10:00am-12:00pm

Host: RSVP to Chelsea Hanrahan (

Please register for a location by emailing the listed contact person for that location.

Sponsored by the ACRLNEC Leadership Development Committee

Past Program:
Accreditation, Assessment and Advocacy: What Every Librarian Needs To Know

Revised regional accreditation standards parallel a transitional time for libraries in higher ed.  Librarians may be unaware of the process and need to know evaluation criteria for library effectiveness to promote student success. 

Join us as Dr. Barbara Brittingham, president of NEASC-CIHE, presents an overview of changes in the accreditation process and answers questions on how libraries may respond. A following panel will include Associate Vice President for Library and Information Services Susan V. Wawrzaszek; Dr. Laura Saunders, faculty member at the Simmons GSLIS, and an expert on libraries and accreditation; and Dr. Tom Abbott, formerly dean of the libraries at University of Maine, who will bring expertise from accreditation assessment for his own institution and as a visiting team member evaluating peer institutions. The day will wrap up with in exercise designed to give you tools to engage your campus community in conversations about libraries’ ongoing relevance in the changing world of standards and student outcomes.

Prior to the program, ACRL/NEC members were invited to submit questions for presenters. These questions and answers are now available.

Barbara Brittingham's slides are available at

(Please note that original presenters also included Dean Ruth Sullivan of CCRI and Alan Carberry of Champlain College, but because of schedule changes these presenters needed to withdraw)

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Location: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA


Barbara Brittingham is President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) where she has worked since 2000. NEASC accredits 238 colleges and universities in the six New England States and eight in other countries. Previously she served as a member and chair of the Commission.

She was founding dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates and worked in Ankara, Turkey, while on a World Bank project. She was Dean of the College of Human Science and Services at the University of Rhode Island where she also served as Interim Dean of University Libraries, Director of the Curriculum Research and Development Center, and Professor of Education. Currently she serves on the Committee on Recognition for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); on the board of Quality and Qualifications Ireland; and on the Quality Council in Iceland.

She has served on the boards of six national accreditation organizations and has worked with ministries and universities in over twenty-five countries, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and local governments and universities.

Tom Abbott, Ph.D. recently retired from his position as Dean of Libraries and Distance Learning and currently serves as Associate for Institutional Effectiveness & Special Projects at the University of Maine at Augusta. Tom has worked with the president of the university on accreditation matters including guiding the self-study process and served as campus liaison to NEASC. Read more about him in this ACRL Insider bio.

Susan V. Wawrzaszek, Currently the Associate Vice President for Library and Information Services at Wheaton College (MA), Susan has enjoyed a varied career in libraries and higher education.  With experience in public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries, Wawrzaszek views the role of library director as a CIO (Chief Information Officer), with primary responsibility for ensuring access to data and information.

Laura Saunders is Assistant Professor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. She received her master's from Simmons College GSLIS in 2001, and after working as a reference and instruction librarian for several years returned to Simmons College and completed her PhD in 2010. She teaches courses in reference and information services, user instruction, services to diverse users, intellectual freedom and censorship and academic libraries. Her book publications include Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation, published by Libraries Unlimited in 2011, and Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age, written with Lily Rozaklis and Eileen Abels, and published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014. She has articles published in journals such as Journal of Academic Librarians, College & Research Libraries, and portal Libraries and the Academy on the topics of information literacy, learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, and government documents. 

Original presenters were also to include:

Alan Carbery is the Associate Library Director at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he has responsibility for the College’s award-winning, blended, information literacy program. His interests include reflective practice, teacher development, active learning pedagogies, assessment, blended learning and inquiry-based learning in information literacy instruction. Prior to joining Champlain College in 2013, Alan worked in a number of specialist and academic libraries in Ireland, where he originates.

Ruth Sullivan is Dean of Learning Resources at Community College of Rhode Island. In this role, Ruth oversees both an academic department within the Academic Affairs Division that provides credit courses designed to strengthen students' skills, enhance learning, and promote success in college as well as the libraries and library services on each of the four CCRI campuses. She was a key member of the team that developed the college’s self-study for the NEASC reaccreditation in 2014.  

Past program:
Cultivating Careers - Yours and Your Team

In this interactive seminar, participants (supervisors, non-supervisors, management level doesn't matter) will walk through the process of professional development planning, leveraging strategic professional development planning with their teams, aligning personal goals to institutional/organizational goals, and identifying development opportunities and application of new skills to empower ongoing professional growth at all levels of the organization.

Facilitators: Susan Fliss, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching and Learning at Harvard, Cindy Mitchell, Associate Chief Information Officer for the University of Maine System, and Katie Vale, Vice President for Information and Library Services and Librarian at Bates College.  

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015


Location: Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Bolyston, Ma.

Registration fee: $45 members; $65 non-members - Registration includes morning coffee/tea and lunch.


Susan Fliss

Susan Fliss is the Associate University Librarian for Research, Teaching and Learning, Harvard Library and Director and Librarian of the Monroe C. Gutman Library at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. These dual responsibilities reflect the growing collaboration in research and teaching support across Harvard's libraries.  Prior to her arrival at Harvard in 2007, Susan was the Director of Education and Outreach at Dartmouth College Library and held positions at Mount Holyoke College as reference librarian and training coordinator for Curricular Support and Instructional Technology. Susan's efforts focus on the role of librarians as educators, library and university teaching & learning initiatives, research and learning literacies, and online learning. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Maine, an MA in history from the University of Ottawa, and an MLS from the State University of New York. Her research specialty is French-Canadian immigration and education in New England.

Cindy Mitchell

Cindy Mitchell is the Associate Chief Information Officer for the University of Maine System with responsibility for information technology at the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She has been  a technology leader for over 25 years,  leading large and small staffs, leading large and small project teams, and leading large and small change initiatives.  Prior to taking on the leadership role at the Universities, she served for three years as Associate CIO for Planning, Policy and Leadership for the University of Maine System, and for seven years as the Director of Application Systems, Development and Support when she lead the implementation of the PeopleSoft ERP for the seven campuses and system office of the University of Maine System.

She is  a student of leadership and management, working within an organization where physical isolation and resource constraints must drive innovation around professional development. She is an alumna of the Leading Change Institute, and a former instructor of the Team Building unit of the University of Maine System's Supervisor's Institute. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Maine, and current serves on the program committee for the NERCOMP 2016 conference and as track chair for Leadership and Organizational Development.

Katie Vale

Katie Vale is Vice President for Information and Library Services (CIO) and Librarian of Bates College. She oversees Ladd Library, the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, User Services, Network and Infrastructure Services, and the Systems Development and Integration Team. Katie came to Bates in 2015 after seven years at Harvard University where she had multiple roles exploring the uses of technology in teaching, learning, and research, supporting faculty and students engaged in curricular and pedagogical innovation, and working with librarians on both e-research and larger organizational issues. These roles included director of academic technology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and director of digital learning at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to Harvard, Katie worked at MIT in the Information Systems department and was assistant director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology. Katie earned her doctoral degree in educational media and technology from Boston University, and holds undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science and Anthropology/Archaeology from Brown University. She was a 2012 Frye Fellow and the recipient of the 2014 Educause Rising Star Award.

Past Program:
From Leadership to SuperLeadership: Empowering Others to Lead Themselves

When: Friday, June 5, 2015, 9:00 a.m. until noon

Where: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Dr. Charles Manz will present, ""From Leadership to SuperLeadership: Empowering Others to Lead Themselves."" This highly engaging interactive presentation compares, contrasts and explores alternative practical leadership approaches for influencing others. It culminates with a highly effective empowering leadership approach (SuperLeadership leading others to lead themselves to be self-leaders). 

This presentation will help participants to better understand their own leadership tendencies and expand their choices for better leadership practice. At the end of the session attendees will have strong awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of various leadership approaches and possess important insights about how to become a dynamic and highly effective SuperLeader.

Charles C. Manz, Ph.D., is a speaker, consultant, and best-selling business author.  He holds the Charles and Janet Nirenberg Chair of Business Leadership in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. His work has been featured on radio and television and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, U.S. News & World Report, Success, Psychology Today, Fast Company and several other national publications. He received the prestigious Marvin Bower Fellowship at the Harvard Business School that is awarded for outstanding achievement in research and productivity, influence, and leadership in business scholarship. He earned a Ph.D. in Business, with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Psychology, from The Pennsylvania State University and MBA and B.A. degrees from Michigan State University.

Registration fees: $30 ACRL and ACRL/NEC members; $50 non-members

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