Work Restructuring in the Library Workshop Denver, May 23-25, 2011

PLEASE NOTE: The application period is now closed, and the information below is provided for reference only. For current opportunities available through this program, please visit the main Leadership Through New Communities of Knowledge page.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), invites applications for a workshop on Work Restructuring in the Library. This workshop is part of the three-year program “Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge,” which has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The workshop will take place from May 23-25, 2011, in Denver at the Westin Denver Downtown. Maureen Sullivan, noted expert on work redesign in libraries and 2010 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, will lead the workshop. Topics to be covered include : the principles of work design; redesigning work to focus on customer service; involving staff and gaining their commitment; work redesign as a change process; planning the transition and implementation of the new work structure; and getting started with work redesign in your library. A virtual follow-up session will be planned for early Fall 2011, with the schedule to be determined by feedback from workshop participants.

CLIR and CIC invite applications to participate from library directors and/or chief information officers at small to mid-sized private colleges and universities. In addition to underwriting the tuition costs for the workshop for successful applicants, CLIR will provide up to three nights’ lodging at the Westin for each successful applicant, plus a $300 travel stipend to be reimbursed in accordance with CLIR’s travel policy. During the course of the workshop, lunches and break-time snacks will be provided.

Applicants from all small to mid-sized private colleges and universities are eligible, with preference given to those employed by CIC member institutions. Preference may also be given to applicants interested in sharing the expertise they will gain through the workshop with colleagues at other institutions in their regions. Library directors from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and institutions with a high proportion of first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Potential participants must demonstrate institutional approval of their applications by obtaining a signature from their Chief Academic Officer or other appropriate campus official.

Click here to download the PDF application; click here to download the approval form for your Chief Academic Officer or other appropriate campus official. Save the completed forms as PDFs and include the applicant’s name in the document titles.

Submit completed applications and signed institutional approval forms to by 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight time, March 28, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 22, 2011. Questions about the application or other aspects of the program may be directed to CLIR Program Associate Lori Miller at

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