In a competitive application process consisting of nearly 75 candidates, Shannon O'Neill has been selected as a participant in the 2014 Archives Leadership Institute.

Shannon is the Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections at Barnard College. Prior to joining Barnard, she was a librarian and archivist at the Atlantic City Free Public Library and the photo archivist for the Los Angeles Public Library.  Shannon’s professional interests include community-based archival practices, radical histories and social justice issues, and the use of primary resource materials in education. She received her MLIS, with a concentration in archives, at UCLA in 2008, and holds a BA in British and American Literature from NYU.

ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Luther College for the years 2013-15. The Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College (ALI@Luther) will provide advanced training for 25 innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude.

Participants were selected for the 2014 ALI@Luther program based on their exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.

The leadership intensive held at Luther College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as new leadership thinking and methods, strategies for born digital resources, project management, human resource development and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Upper Iowa River bluff country in northeast Iowa.

Following the weeklong intensive at Luther College, participants will return to their institutions to develop a post-intensive practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI@Luther participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.

The institute will conclude with a practices workshop to be held in conjunction with the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists Aug. 10-16 in Washington D.C. The content of the practices workshop will consist of facilitated conversation focused on applying leadership learning to ongoing projects and practicums.