Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions (PhD/MLIP)
"The MLIP Program is unique; there is no other like it anywhere in the field. It gives students the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge about the best practices in managerial leadership through quality classroom instruction and research experience. Our students graduate positioned to guide transformation of organizations for the digital age and to go on to significant leadership roles."
Maureen Sullivan, MLS University of Maryland
Professor of Practice, President of the American Library Association, and Organization Development Consultant
The Ph.D. concentration in managerial leadership in the information professions (MLIP) emphasizes leadership competency development and original research in a non-residential program. Students are full-time library managers who have already attained a mid to senior level in their career and are poised to make lasting contributions to the field. The MLIP concentration began in 2005 and continues with a multi-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The innovative program focuses on creating successful future leaders in library and information settings and generating rigorous research to improve the knowledge base and practice of managerial leadership. The MLIP program nurtures and strengthens the intellectual and interpersonal assets of students as working managers while actively involving leading practitioners in shaping the educational experience.
Preparation for Exceptional Leadership
This program is a flexible, innovative doctoral program that nurtures and strengthens the intellectual and interpersonal assets of students as working managers, actively involves leading practitioners in shaping the educational experience, and generates rigorous research to improve the knowledge base and the practice of managerial leadership.
The nearly $1 million dollar grant received in 2008 expanded the MLIP program to allow a focus on leadership in the context of public and state libraries. This grant gives state and public library information managers in middle- to upper-level management the opportunity to hone their skills through guidance by current library leaders.
The candidates most likely to leverage the greatest value from the program in managerial leadership in the information professions (MLIP) are those who already have attained a senior level in their career and are poised to make lasting contributions to the field. The program is expected to attract and accept directors, assistant/deputy directors, and department heads from Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries member institutions, as well as large urban public libraries. Directors from substantial corporate or government information centers, or large school library systems, may also make excellent candidates..
The program is led by Dr. Peter Hernon and Dr. Candy Schwartz, senior professors at GSLIS and nationally recognized for their contributions to the field of library and information science. They are assisted by a prestigious and diverse Board of Advisors consisting of current and past leaders of major professional organizations such as the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Special Libraries Association, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
Board of Advisors
- Camila A. Alire, Dean Emerita, University of New Mexico and Colorado State University; and Past President, American Library Association
- Joan R. Giesecke, Dean of Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library; and Past President, Public Library Association
- Bernard Margolis, New York State Librarian
- James M. Mattarazzo, Dean, Emeritus and Professor of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
- James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
- Nancy Robertson, Michigan State Librarian
- Peggy Rudd, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
- Jan Sanders, Director of Libraries, Pasadena Public Library; and Past President, Public Library Association
- Denise Stephens, University Librarian, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Duane E. Webster, Executive Director Emeritus, Association of Research Libraries
- James F. Williams, II, Dean of Libraries, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Jerome Yavarkovsky, University Librarian Emeritus, Boston College
- Julia Zimmerman, Dean of University Libraries, Florida State University