Bobbi Gwilt, recently appointed Associate University Librarian for Academic Resources at Syracuse University Library, has been selected to participate in the 2007 Frye Leadership Institute. The Frye Institute is a two-week intensive residential program held at Emory University each June and named in honor of Billy E. Frye, former chancellor and provost of Emory University. Co-sponsors include the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), EDUCAUSE, and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
In establishing the Institute, Frye said, “As we plan for the future, we must make provision for the recruitment and development of potential leaders—persons who are capable of seeing the big picture and understanding institutional relationships: persons who welcome change and have the vision, imagination and courage to take carefully considered risks; and who are unselfish in their goals, fair in their dealings, and trusted by the colleagues at all levels with whom they work.”
The Frye program consists of presentations by well-known leaders in higher education and society, seminars, and group projects. The year’s program will focus on the implications of the increasing power of information technology to transform research, teaching, and scholarly communication. Following the Institute, participants engage in a yearlong study of a related topic of their choosing. Gwilt intends to investigate how overall library user services are impacted by changes in collection development operations.