Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians

from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups

The University of Minnesota Libraries will offer its 10th week-long Institute for 24 early career college and university librarians who are from traditionally underrepresented groups and are in the first three years of their professional careers.  


The Institute focuses on the development of library leaders from diverse backgrounds. Participants will develop specific leadership abilities proven to be necessary for organizational success.

The necessary starting point in any leadership development journey is personal awareness. The Institute intensely focuses on enhancing personal awareness--creating unique opportunities for participants to reflect on personal communication style and preferences, explore strengths and areas for continued development, and connect unique cultural insights and experiences to one’s professional journey.

Because early career librarians are often asked to give shape, definition, and leadership to whole new areas of work (e-science, publishing, institutional repositories, e-learning, and personal information management to name a few), the Institute enhances the personal leadership content with several days of rich engagement in program leadership.  Topics crucial for successful program leadership will be covered including needs assessment, program and resource planning.

Learning Objectives

Prepare current and future leaders in academic libraries by:

  • providing leadership skills and tools that can be useful at any stage in their career 
  • increasing self-awareness and understanding of their own preferences
  • increasing an understanding of the dynamics of working within and being influential in complex organizations
  • developing the skills needed to propose, shape, lead and implement user-centered programs
  • developing a community of peers with whom participants share common experiences and on whom they can rely over time and distance for support and encouragement.

Institute Environment

Since 1998, the University of Minnesota Libraries have offered the biennial week-long institute for early career librarians underrepresented in the profession. The Twin Cities, known for offering vibrant programming through numerous arts and sports venues, an extensive park and recreational system, and an engaged and diverse community is a perfect setting for this successful program, held at the University of Minnesota.

With more than 65,000 students, the University of Minnesota offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 100 fields, including law and medicine. The University of Minnesota Libraries, a leader in academic research libraries, received the Excellence in Academic Libraries award from the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries in 2009. This award recognizes the accomplishments of library staff  “as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.”

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Libraries staff, tour the campus and the beautiful “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


The Institute faculty integrate managerial and leadership concepts with immediately applicable workplace skills. DeEtta Jones Young (DeEtta Jones & Associates) and Kathryn Deiss (Association of College & Research Libraries), experienced organizational and leadership development consultants and trainers, have been leading the professional and personal development component of the Institute since it began in 1998.

Jerilyn Veldof, Organization Development Associate, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Janice Jaguszewski, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota Libraries, have extensive experience developing new library programs, offering workshops, and coaching and mentoring librarians. They will facilitate the Institute's sessions on developing the skills to create and lead new initiatives that position libraries for the future.

Further Information

Kathleen Krueger
University Libraries

Past Participant Comments

"The MN Institute program covers the foundations of leadership and I do believe that my participation in the program either helped to solidify or to lay the groundwork for, leadership skills and abilities I use on a daily basis."
—Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis; ACRL Board of Directors and Past President; 2002 MN Institute graduate

"The Institute introduced me to all of the people who have helped me grow in my professional life through national leadership roles. It’s amazing to have such a strong cohort supporting one another."
—Jody Gray, Director, ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; 2004 MN Institute graduate

"The MN Institute was a transformative experience that set me down a path of self-awareness. It provided a framework for discovering and leveraging my strengths as a leader, and taught me strategies for influencing and leading in any situation, group, or structure."
—Mark Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries; 2006 MN Institute graduate

"The Minnesota Institute helped to open my eyes to the potential of an unfettered mind not tied down by imagined constraints. The instructors showed us ways to enliven our intellectual imaginations in and outside of the profession."
—Ingrid Ruffin, Student Success Librarian for First Year Programs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; 2014 MN Institute graduate