Update March 2022: Shortly after we opened the application for the Leading Change Institute New Zealand, the New Zealand government released their updated plans for gradually reopening the country’s borders. Out of an abundance of caution, CLIR has decided to postpone our Institute. We’ll use that time to continue consulting with our colleagues in New Zealand to develop a thoughtful curriculum, and give participants and their organizations more time to adjust to our new reality.

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Application Information

Below is an overview of the materials we typically request.

Cover letter

Your cover letter should address the following, and should be around 1-2 pages in length.

The Leading Change Institute is seeking applicants who would like to improve their leadership skills in the positions that they now have, as well as those positions that they might be interested in pursuing in the future. In order to help us in the selection process, please provide a cover letter for the selection committee that:

  • Identifies your interest in becoming a successful leader in the cultural heritage sector.
  • Summarizes your work experience.

Letters can be addressed to Charles Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources / 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600,  Alexandria, VA 22314, U.S.A. [Note that this address is provided for use if desired, but all letters must be submitted through this online application system – please do not mail letters in hard copy to CLIR.]

Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose should address the following topics, and should be around 2-3 pages in length.

  • From your perspective, what are the top three issues facing culture and information institutions today? Why? Have recent or current changes in the sector impacted your perspective?
  • What are your own institution’s priorities, opportunities and challenges in leveraging information and technologies for the benefit of the entire enterprise?
  • If there was one thing you could change about your institution, what would it be and why? What is the one unique aspect of your institution you would like to keep and again, why?
Letter of support

Provide a letter of reference that speaks to your readiness and ability to be a leader. The letter might come from a colleague who knows you well, a supervisor whose work you admire, or a mentor who demonstrates a method of leadership you find inspirational. This individual could be a leader from your own institution such as your Vice-Chancellor or director, a former participant in the U.S. Leading Change Institute who would like to recommend you for participation, or someone at another institution with whom you’ve worked closely.

Curriculum vitae or résumé.

Provide your current curriculum vitae or resume. This document should be no longer than 5 pages.


Questions about the Institute and the application form can be directed to Lizzi Albert at CLIR. 

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