Lisa Cruces, Hispanic Collections archivist at the University of Houston Libraries, has been accepted to the competitive Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). Cruces is one of 25 fellows chosen for the 2018-2019 cohort.
The LCDP is a yearlong program to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large. The program addresses the need for research libraries and archives to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This is accomplished, in part, by providing LCDP fellows with meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries.
As Hispanic Collections archivist, Cruces preserves and facilitates access to collections documenting the history of Hispanics in Houston and greater Texas. She engages in outreach, instruction, collection development, and research grounded in promoting Hispanic history. Prior to joining UH, Cruces was the 2012-2014 Librarian-in-Residence at the University Of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries. Cruces holds an MS in Information Studies with a specialization in Archives from the University of Texas at Austin.