Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is 2019 ALI@Purdue open for applications? What are the application steps?

The 2019 ALI application process has started, and the deadline is November 30, 2018. You can access the application here.

Participants selected for the 2019 cohort will be notified by the end of January 2019.


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. For more information about previous Institutes, please see:

  • Former Steering Committee member and ALI alumnus Geof Huth’s article, “Lead On,” Archival Outlook (September/October 2013, pg. 4) 
  • Former ALI Director Rachel Vagts and former program coordinator Sasha Griffin, case study for “Management: Innovated Practices for Archives & Special Collections,” ed. Kate Theimer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). The case study covers the transformation of ALI and presents it as a model for leadership institutes.


What are the dates for the 2019 ALI@Purdue?

The Institute will be held June 9 - 15, 2019.  The program will begin Sunday evening and finish by noon on the following Saturday.  Participants must attend the entire Institute.


What is the cost of participation in the Institute?

The cost of the Institute is $750 and includes registration, lodging and meals, except for one dinner. A number of partial scholarships are also available (see question 6).


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, a total of 10 tuition scholarships of $250 are available, to partially 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 diversity, advocacy, leadership and/or technology. Themes can be tailored to suit the needs of each team’s interests.


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 that will be used in the final product. The virtual reality activity will provide a great 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 nominator as part of my application to ALI@Purdue?

Yes. A nominator is required as part of the application. The nominator can be anyone with knowledge of your potential as a leader in the archives profession. Nomination letters will be submitted separately from your application, via email, from your nominator to the ALI Director at Please insert the following in the email Subject Line: [Applicants First and Last Names]_Nomination Letter


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

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 deck is located directly across the street from the Union Hotel.All local transportation needs will be provided by the Institute. The address for the Union Hotel is 101 Grant Street West Lafayette, Indiana 47906.


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.