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TIE Podcast Fall Semester: Dr. Adriene Lim on Academic Library Leadership and the Bamboo Ceiling

Recorded on 12/02/2022
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TIE Podcast · Dr. Adriene Lim on Academic Library Leadership and the Bamboo Ceiling

In the third episode of Toward Inclusive Excellence‘s fall semester series, TIE‘s editor-in-chief Alexia Hudson-Ward chats with Dr. Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. Alexia and Adriene discuss Adriene’s career in academic librarianship, including her professional and personal trajectory to leadership roles. In addition, Adriene covers the skills needed to succeed as a library dean, key tips for confidence building, and how to carve out time for professional development. She also digs into the strategies she’s employed to circumvent the “bamboo ceiling,” a phenomenon of cultural, individual, and organizational factors that bar professional success for those of Asian descent.


About the guest:

Adriene Lim headshot

Dr. Adriene Lim is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she provides administrative leadership and vision for the campus’s large library organization. Lim also initiated and serves as co-leader of UMD PACT, a cross-campus group charged with advancing sustainable, equitable scholarly publishing, facilitating open research and scholarship, and promoting open education. She serves as the campus’s designated lead for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) HELIOS (Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship) project.

Episode theme music: Black is the Night by Jeris (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. Ft: DJ Vadim (djvadim), NiGiD


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