Dawn Kight chosen for prestigious Harvard library program

Southern University’s Dawn Kight, library manager of systems and technology, has been selected to attend the prestigious Harvard University Library Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians this summer from August 5-10 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“I am so excited about being selected to this institute,” said Kight, whose photo is currently featured on the Historically Black College and Universities Library Alliance website (hbculibraries.org).

In 2009-2010 Kight participated in the Leadership Program of the Alliance funded by the Mellon Foundation that develops and supports effective library leadership at HBCUs. The John B. Cade library was able to benefit from funding by the foundation through Kight’s and the university participation.

The all-expense paid Harvard visit will consist of daily classes and reading assignments given to each attendee before the start of the program.

 “I look forward to engaging with the institute’s faculty and other colleagues around the nation on the direction of libraries and information technology and leadership skills,” Kight said.

The Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians provides important leadership concepts and applies them to the practical challenges of leading and managing the contemporary academic library. The curriculum addresses three areas - planning, organizational strategy and change and transformational learning - with an overarching goal of increasing leadership and management capacity.

The Leadership Program provides theoretical and practical instruction and useful resources to encourage the development of leadership skills within the HBCU library community and on their own campuses.

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