Guggenheim Museum Library & Archives Director Honored with Leadership Award

Francine Snyder

The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) selected Francine Snyder, Director of the Library and Archives at the Guggenheim Museum, to attend a weeklong leadership intensive meant to empower leadership in the archival profession. The intensive was held June 15–21 at Luther College in Iowa. Each year, the program provides a distraction-free forum for participants to hone their skills and share ideas, as well as take part in workshops focused on strategic planning and vision, project management, and advocacy and outreach.

Following the weeklong intensive, Snyder will focus on a post-intensive project at the Guggenheim. “Attending ALI gave me tools and skills that inspire new ideas and initiatives,” she says. “I am excited to bring these to the Guggenheim to expand on support of and access to our archives collections. Building on this, I found ALI’s most valuable asset to be its support network of cohorts. Being part of a network of archival leaders allows for collaborative growth, and I look forward to the possibilities.”

In August, 2014 and past ALI cohorts will meet in Washington D.C. to share case studies, participate in small group discussions, and brainstorm possible future group projects.

Snyder has worked at the Guggenheim since 2005, and is responsible for more than 7,000 cubic feet of archives collections that document the Guggenheim’s institutional history, in addition to more than 45,000 volumes the library holds on art, architecture, and photography. With a previous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the organization that funds ALI, Snyder worked to bring material from the library and archives collections online through the blog Findings, which every week presents insights on an archival object or publication. Read a Q&A with her about Findings, see recent Findings posts, browse the archives collections, and search the library catalog.

Hosted by Luther College from 2013 to 2015, ALI provides advanced training for 25 archival leaders each year, giving them the knowledge to transform the profession. Read more at the ALI website.

Francine Snyder at the A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's House and Pavilion exhibition. Photo: Jade DiVenuta


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