Minnesota Institute

The Minnesota Institute for early career librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups focuses on the development of library leaders from diverse backgrounds.

About the Institute

Participants develop specific leadership abilities for organizational success.

The next in-person Minnesota Institute will be held in July 2022. We’ll review eligibility requirements in light of cancelling the 2020 program and will invite you to reapply for 2022. More information on those eligibility requirements will be available when we put out the call for applications in early 2022.

Back to top


The necessary starting point in any leadership development journey is personal awareness. The Institute focuses on enhancing personal awareness. It creates unique opportunities for participants to reflect on personal leadership styles and preferences, explores strengths and areas for continued development, and connects unique cultural insights and experiences to one’s professional journey.

The Institute enhances the personal leadership content with explorations of topical case studies and rich engagement in understanding and building leadership skills.

Back to top

Learning objectives

The Minnesota Institute will

  • expose career professionals to a variety of topics relevant to current and changing realities of academic librarianship,
  • introduce participants to experts representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives and contributions to the library, higher education, technology, and archival communities,
  • learn about and explore the leadership challenges related to the increasing interdependencies of institutions and potential for collaboration,
  • facilitate participants’ identification of personal leadership behaviors and goals,
  • create a platform for participants to reflect on how their diverse identities are and will be leveraged in the service of their leadership goals, their organizations and the profession, and
  • create a plan for immediate development and long-term professional growth.

Back to top

Institute environment

The University of Minnesota Libraries have offered the biennial week-long institute for early career librarians from underrepresented in the profession since 1998.

The Twin Cities are known for offering vibrant programming through numerous cultural, arts, and sports venues, an extensive park and recreational system, and an engaged and diverse community. It's a perfect setting for this successful program, held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The University of Minnesota Libraries, a leader in academic research libraries, received the Institute for Museum and Library Services National Medal in 2017, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and one of five libraries honored with this distinction. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways.

Participants have the opportunity to interact with leaders in academic librarianship from multiple institutions and the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Institute includes opportunities for networking and experiencing our campus and the beautiful “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Back to top


Naomi Golden
University Libraries

Back to top