Archival Leadership Institute 2013

This past week I had the honor of attending the 2013 Archival Leadership Institute program. It was hands down one of the best experiences I've had in my archival career. Below is my attempt to capture the some of the magic that happened over the week.


  1. The setting was amazing. Decorah, Iowa is the epitome of bucolic bliss. The town population is around 8,000, just large enough to support our host institution, Luther College. 
  2. The 2013 cohort was equally amazing, and meeting them was the best part of the week. 

  3. On our first day, we met Luther Snow, our inspirational leader for the week.
  4. Luther effectively conveyed how to stop thinking in need-based terms, and instead focus on how we can employ the assets we have to create partnerships and affinities with others, which then contribute to a larger whole. This may sound like vague, new-agey malarky, but by the end of the week I was not only drinking the Kool-Aid, but brushing my teeth with it. Framing our discussions in this type of thinking really brought the cohort together in amazing ways. We were collaborative. We wanted to help each other. We moved from complaining about what we lacked to focusing on what we have. 
  5. Our first outing was a ropes course on the Luther campus. I climbed on a bunch of tall wooden logs and even jumped off of one. 
  6. The real hero of the ropes course was Bert, the first volunteer to go up. 
  7. Bert Makes it to the Top
    Bert Makes it to the Top
  8. Day 2: Digital Preservation with Dan Noonan.