Dr. Meredith Evans - formerly Evans Raiford (Ph.D. '06) - is one of 26 selected to participate in the 2013–2015 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program—formerly the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. This executive leadership program meets the increasing demands for succession planning for research libraries with a new approach to preparing the next generation of deans and directors. Library directors are seeking a cohort of well-trained and sophisticated candidates who possess the necessary experience and perspective to succeed in premier leadership positions in large, complex institutions. The ARL Leadership Fellows program provides such a cohort.
This fifth offering of the program is being designed and sponsored by six ARL member libraries: University of Guelph Library, North Carolina State University Libraries, Purdue University Libraries, University of Toronto Libraries, Vanderbilt University Library and University of Waterloo Library. The program begins in October 2013 with an orientation at the ARL Membership Meeting. The orientation provides an introduction to an in-depth 360° assessment designed to provide feedback to experienced library managers. The 2013–15 fellows will subsequently attend a Strategic Issues Institute at Vanderbilt University in November 2013.
The 2013–15 ARL Leadership Fellows applicant pool was highly competitive. The selection committee, composed of the ARL directors sponsoring the program, chose 26 fellows representing a broad array of backgrounds and experiences and from multiple ARL and non-ARL institutions. Others selected as 2013–15 fellows.
Evans received her Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She currently serves as associate university librarian for Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Library.