Applications now open for 2016 ALI

Are you looking for a way to recharge your professional life? Consider applying to the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute

Berea College Archives Receives $243,954 Grant to Host Archives Leadership Institute

The Berea College Archives has been selected to develop and host the Archives Leadership Institute for three years, 2016 – 2018 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

The 2015 ALI Cohort

The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI15 cohort!

Are you looking to recharge your professional life?

“It was an amazing, career-changing experience. I feel so much more prepared now to carry out not only special projects but also my ordinary, daily responsibilities. I feel like I now have the tools to try new approaches to solve problems--these aren't ‘problems’ anymore; they're opportunities.” - ALI13 Cohort Member

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Applications for ALI 2016 are Closed

The application period for the 2016 Cohort is now over.  All applicants will be notified by the end of January regarding their status.

Applications for the 2017 Cohort will be made available in the fall.

Friday, November 13, 2015

12 Ways to Engage Both Sensing and Intuitive Employees

"Leaders who get the balance right will respect the preferences of both sensing and intuitive employees and:
  • Use their imagination and aspirations to develop a clear vision, and convert to understandable outcomes.
  • Make connections; develop big picture and systems thinking to have an overview of how things will be.
  • Harness the power of strategic plans as well as action plans.
  • Assess the current situation or reality and understand where they are right now.
  • Bridge the gap between current and future reality with communication, plans and milestones.
  • Connect the past, present and future through storytelling and timelines.
  • Work towards outcomes through believable milestones, so both realistic, and idealistic, can buy–in.
  • Be tuned into and help solve day to day problems.
  • Support and give credit and reward for “here and now” achievements.
  • Listen to and understand both intuitive and sensory input.
  • Harness appropriate change strategies.
  • Realize they have to understand the “here and now” to be able to turn idealistic dreams into reality." 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ALI@Berea Coordinator

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Coordinator of ALI@Berea. I’m Thom Price, and I’ve been a member of the Berea College community for several decades, first as a student, and now an employee. 
I’m known as the Gondola Guy, because I used to build them in Venice, Italy. I received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, in 1996, for my project to spend a year in Venice, studying gondola building. I ended up spending 11 years there, running a boatyard for five of those.

I moved back to Berea, in 2007, with my husband, Paolo, who works at Eastern Kentucky University, and I’ve been helping with the logistics for the Brushy Fork Annual Institute, which takes place on our campus every fall, so I was excited to have the opportunity to do the same for the Archives Leadership Institute.
I look forward to meeting the 2016 cohort of Archive Leaders, and making sure that their time at Berea is full of engaging and enjoyable experiences. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have about the Institute.

Monday, November 9, 2015

ALI Leadership Retreat – Planning for ALI 2016

This year the ALI Steering Committee met in Berea, Kentucky, to familiarize themselves with the new facilities and plan ALI 2016. Dan drove in from Ohio, Tanya, from North Carolina, while Beth, Brenda, Geof and Terry flew in from Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and Oregon. With Rachel being the Berea College Archivist, she was happy to introduce the college as the new host for ALI over the next three summers. She also introduced Thom Price, the new coordinator, and Mark Nigro, who will be the lead facilitator, and who facilitated the retreat.

They planned each day’s events, including who will be leading each day’s class, and possible activities outside of class. Mark is a very talented facilitator, with a large bag of tricks, and he described the wide range of leadership topics and activities he uses, and will put together a fun filled day for everyone and give share valuable tools that help leaders be more effective at a personal level, and at a team level. ALI is very happy to have Mark be a part of our program at Berea.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Call for Applicants: 2016 Archives Leadership Institute

Call for Applicants:
2016 Archives Leadership Institute at Berea College
“Leaders emerge according to their ability to carry out activities 
that move the profession forward.”  (A*CENSUS, p. 408)

  • Are you looking for a way to recharge your professional life?
  • Do you crave a challenge that will empower you to affect change?
  • Would you like to expand your network of peers while building relationships that will impact you for the rest of your career?

The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a dynamic program that provides advanced leadership training and mentorship for 25 innovative archival leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.  

Applications for the 2016 program are now open and will close on November 30, 2015. Details about the application process and what characteristics the ideal ALI participant has can be found at Participants selected as the 2016 Cohort will be notified by the end of January 2016.

The Archives Leadership Institute has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) since 2008 and was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison until 2012 and at Luther College from 2013 to 2015.  The Institute will be held at Berea College for the next three years.

The 2016 Institute will be held June 19-25.  The program will begin Sunday evening and finish by noon on the following Saturday.  Participants must attend the entire Institute.

If you have any questions, please visit or contact Rachel Vagts at <>.
    Learn more about who should apply, the expectations of ALI participants, and how the application process works:

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    A look behind the scenes at Berea College

    Curious about what's in store for ALI 2016-2018?  Learn more about Berea College, the host for the next three Archives Leadership Institutes.

    The historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

    ALI participants will be residing and learning in Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. "An historic Berea hotel, Boone Tavern was built in 1909 at the suggestion of Nellie Frost, the wife of the College president, William G. Frost. As the reputation of Berea College grew, so did the number of guests that Mrs. Frost received, reaching a total of 300 guests in one summer. Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant– named for Appalachian hero Daniel Boone – has been hosting visitors of Berea, Kentucky, ever since, including the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost." {Read more}

    Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources.  Berea’s cost of educating a student exceeds $23,000 per year. Berea offers rigorous undergraduate academic programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 28 fields.  {Read more}

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Berea College Archives Receives $243,954 Grant to Host Archives Leadership Institute

    The Berea College Archives has been selected to develop and host the Archives Leadership Institute for three years, 2016 – 2018. In support of the project, Berea College Archives has been awarded $243,954 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
    The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. Beginning with a weeklong residential Leadership Intensive held on Berea College’s campus each June; participants will also complete a focused practicum project that will connect leadership skills with action.
    “The Archives Leadership Institute brings archivists together from across the country to think together, to learn together, and to tackle big ideas,” Rachel Vagts, Head of Special Collections & Archives at Berea College, says. “Participants leave the institute transformed, empowered, and ready to create change and progress in the world of archives. I’m very excited at the opportunity for the Institute to be presented at my new home institution.”
    The weeklong Leadership Intensive includes practical and theoretical workshops taught by David Gracy, Christopher Barth, Sharon Leon, and other national experts. The core approach will intertwine strategic and advanced leadership thinking with a clear and purposeful archival curriculum that includes project management, strategic visioning and human resource development, team-building, and advocacy and outreach. The Institute continues to be led by Rachel Vagts as Director and a steering committee made up of archival leaders including Geof Huth, Brenda Gunn, Terry Baxter, Beth Myers, Daniel Noonan and Tanya Zanish-Belcher. The Institute will be facilitated by staff from the Brushy Fork Institute, an outreach program of Berea College providing community and leadership development.
    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration, supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage and the continuing development of professional skills for archivists, records managers and historical editors. First funded in 2008, the Archives Leadership Institute seeks to bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.  In 2015, ALI was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Society of American Archivists for service to the profession.
    Serving as an archival leader in the Appalachian region, Berea College Special Collections and Archives document the rich and unique history of Berea College, including its pioneering history of interracial education and social justice, and the people and history of the Southern Appalachian region.  This grant marks a continued partnership between Berea College and the NHPRC, with a previous grant funding the processing of the Council of the Southern Mountains records.
    For further information about the Archives Leadership Institute, contact Rachel Vagts at: or visit the Institute’s website at:  Applications will be available online early this fall.
    Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College's scriptural motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”
    Previous ALI participants collaborate on a group project.
    Previous ALI participants collaborate on a group project