The Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy: Perspectives of Four Academic Librarians


  • Madelyn Shackelford Washington Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus
  • Chanitra Bishop Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Vincci Kwong Indiana University, South Bend
  • Brad Reel Ivy Tech Community College - Southwest


The Indiana Library Leadership Academy (InLLA) was established in 2012 by the Professional Development Committee of the Indiana State Library (ISL). Modeled after the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program, the InLLA brings together librarians accepted into the program from public, school, academic, and special libraries throughout Indiana. A new cohort of librarians is invited each year to a week-long workshop in July, where participants are divided into teams to work on a year-long capstone project and facilitate InLLA group meetings  via webinar. This paper chronicles experiences of four academic librarians from the 2013 cohort of the InLLA. It will highlight four different capstone projects for which each of the academic librarians contributed, respectively, with their fellow group members. This paper will identify the greatest challenges each respective group faced during their year-long collaboration, as well as the learning experiences of each author’s participation in InLLA.

Author Biographies

Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus

University Library of Columbus, Assistant Librarian


Chanitra Bishop, Hunter College, City University of New York

Hunter College, City University of New York, Assistant Librarian

Vincci Kwong, Indiana University, South Bend

Head of Library Web Services, Franklin D. Shurz Library, Associate Librarian 

Brad Reel, Ivy Tech Community College - Southwest

Director of Libraries and Online Technologies