About ALI

The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is being hosted at Berea College for the years 2016-2018.  ALI will provide advanced training for 25 archival leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.

"The Archives Leadership Institute began in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an experiment in cultivating leaders in the archives profession. Working with archivists who demonstrated leadership skills, the weeklong institute focused twenty-five archivists on the process of becoming leaders for their institutions, their profession, and themselves. ALI had such an impact that alumni went on to apply to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for a grant to rethink ALI and make the experience even better and more durable in its effects." - Geof Huth, Lead On

In 2015, the Archives Leadership Institute won the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Archivists. [Link]

Steering Committee member Geof Huth wrote about the 2nd iteration of ALI in his article "Lead On" published in the September/October 2013 issue of Archival Outlook (page 4). [Link]

ALI Director Rachel Vagts and former program coordinator Sasha Griffin wrote a case study for "Management: Innovated Practices for Archives & Special Collections" edited by ALI alum Kate Theimer about the transformation of ALI 2.0 as a model for leadership institutes. [Link]