17 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 303 2022 Impressions from a Former ARL LCDP Fellow of the Pandemons Class Martha Alvarado Anderson, University of Arkansas Libraries The Plan As I start to write this article, I recall a quote from Napoleon Hill, American author, stating, “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” When I applied to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) at the end of 2019, I was dreaming of an opportunity to improve myself professionally and to discover new approaches to contribute to the growth of my own institution by learning what it takes to be an ARL organization. I was to be the only fellow participating in the 2020–21 cohort as a non-ARL organization member. I was ready for the challenge and the opportunity to visit in person institutions like the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Also, there was going to be a lot to learn from The Pandemons class and its home institutions. Eager to learn, I attended the ARL LCDP orientation session March 4–6, 2020, in Washington, D.C. This is the last normal trip and conference I can remember. I am fond of having the privilege to interact with all involved in the program and being able to share experiences, spaces, and meals without fear. I recall leaving the orientation session so excited to start the training and enthusiastic to reunite with my cohort in the summer of 2020 at the University of British Columbia. The ARL LCDP The program pre-pandemic was described as a yearlong fellowship that aims to prepare mid-career librarians from historically
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