Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is 2020 ALI@Purdue open for applications? What are the application steps?

The 2020 ALI @Purdue application period has ended.  However, ALI@Purdue 2020 has been postponed and will resume in 2021 with the participants selected for 2020 ALI@Purdue.  Please check back here in Fall 2021 for details regarding 2022 ALI@Purdue.


Who can attend the Institute?

Archivists, archival assistants, librarians, freelance archivists, digital and public records archivists, graduate students, and anyone interested in leadership in archives.


Is affiliation with an institution or organization required for the application? 

The application does not require affiliation with an institution. When you fill out the application form, in the “institution type” you can specify “Other” and explain the “Other” in your application as you see fit.


What are some of the past topics discussed in previous ALI programs?

Some past topics include assessing individuals’ leadership skills, project management, strategic communication and leadership, media relations, and a variety of topics.

What are the dates for ALI@Purdue 2021?
The Institute will be held Sunday, May 23 through Saturday, May 29, 2021

What are the dates for ALI@Purdue 2022?

The Institute will be held Thursday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 


What is the cost of participation in the Institute?

The cost of the 2021 Institute is $800 and includes registration, lodging and meals, except for one dinner. A number of partial scholarships are also available.


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, a total of 2 full and 11 $250-tuition scholarships are available, to support cover costs for those needing financial assistance.


What is the role of virtual reality in this project? Does the potential project need to have a component involving virtual reality?

As part of the Institute, participants will work in groups to develop virtual reality simulations centering around some aspect of the ALI topical themes of Strategic Planning & Communication for Archivists, Intercultural Competency & Diversity Skills Development, Technology Innovation & Skills for Archivists, and Advocacy for Archivists. Themes can be tailored to suit the needs of each team’s interests. The  following are samples of Virtual Reality projects developed by teams of the 2019 ALI@Purdue Cohort:


ALI@Purdue Virtual Reality Simulations


I am not familiar with virtual reality. What technological skills do I need to participate?

All technology assistance and support will be provided. Participants are not expected to possess prior knowledge about virtual reality technology. The focus of the project is to develop a simulation on a theme of interest that will provide an interactive learning opportunity for participants. Most of this work is accomplished through writing short scenarios with scripts that will be used in the final product. You will be asked to bring a laptop or mobile device for developing the content and script  of your simulation (a small number of laptops are available for applicants who do not have access to one). Each team will create a VR simulation articulating and communicating what they learned during the Institute with the goal of synthesizing and disseminating what they learn to the broader archives profession. Cohort members will act in and be filmed as part of creation of their VR simulations. They will not be responsible for editing or final processing of the VR output. The virtual reality activity provides the opportunity to recap what you learn at the institute (with the goal of sharing that with others through creation of your virtual reality product) and will allow you to build upon your existing professional knowledge and expertise.


Do I need a letter of support as part of my application to ALI@Purdue?

Yes. A letter of support is required as part of the application. The letter can be provided by anyone with knowledge of your potential as a leader in the archives profession. The Letter of Support will be submitted along with a 2-page CV/Resume as a single pdf document via email to the ALI Director at Please insert the following in the email Subject Line: [APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS]


Can accommodations be made for those who are differently-abled, or need visual or mobility assistance?

Yes, attendees who need special assistance should contact Institute organizers for assistance.


I’m considering driving to Purdue for the Institute.  Will parking be made available?

Parking passes will be available for those who request parking passes for the week. A parking garage will be available adjacent to the hotel. All local transportation needs to the Institute activities will be provided.


Can international applicants apply?

International applicants are welcome to apply to ALI@Purdue. However, we encourage such applicants to elaborate in their applications as to how they envision becoming part of the ALI community participate in the post Institute events. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all travel related entry and visa requirements to the United States.