Alumna Heather McCullough selected for Leading Change Institute

June 3, 2013

Heather McCulloughDr. Heather McCullough (MSIS '07), professor and head of Digital Scholarship at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and alumna of the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill, has been selected to participate in this year’s Leading Change Institute. The leadership program is jointly sponsored by EDUCAUSE and CLIR and explores higher education challenges, empowering librarians and information technologists to initiate conversations and take action on issues of importance not just to their individual institutions, but to the entire higher education community.
The intensive, week-long program will be held in Washington, DC during the first week of June.  Chuck Henry, president, Council of Library and Information Resources and Diana Oblinger, president and CEO, EDUCAUSE, are the lead faculty members of the program.  Program deans for this year are Elliott Shore, executive director of the Association for Research Libraries and Joanne Kossuth, vice president for Operations and CIO, Olin College of Engineering.  According to the Institute Web site, "guest speakers will include thought leaders from the CLIR and EDUCAUSE communities, the U.S. Department of Education and a variety of higher education associations, such as the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)."
"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for this program and look forward to engaging in discussions with library and IT leaders from around the country," said McCullough.  "It will be a valuable opportunity to work with campus leaders from around the country and to deliberate about how to support the academic mission at this time of great change. I am particularly interested in how information practices among researchers and students are changing dramatically and in how the university’s infrastructure must address these fundamental shifts." 
"The way that information and knowledge is created, shared and stored in higher education and outside the ivory towers is undergoing a fundamental change.  In short, social practices favoring collaboration, the ability to create and leverage virtual networks of knowledge, data, people, etc., and easy information access enable faster, greater, more complex knowledge creation than ever before. The infrastructures in place at most universities, libraries, IT, academic units and research units, have not caught up with how researchers are beginning to work and inevitably will work in the future.  I hope to use the Leading Change Institute to develop the skills and to build my own professional network to address the challenges faced by twenty-first century research universities."

Photo by Wade Burton, UNC - Charlotte photographer.