2023 Snezek Library Leadership Institute

July 12 - 14, 2023
Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA


The 2023 Snezek Library Leadership Institute will be held from July 12th-14th at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Library deans, directors, and senior library leaders from CCCU institutions are invited to engage with each other around the challenges of leading academic libraries in a Christian context.

The Snezek Institute is named for Paul Snezek, former library director at Wheaton College, who mentored many Christian librarians in academic settings. The Snezek Institute is an intensive, in-person experience that uses a cohort model – all participants attend the same sessions. This allows for extended conversation, collaboration, and a confidential setting to discuss hard issues.  

Library leaders may need to embrace hard challenges. Our 2023 theme is “Disagreeing Well.” We’ll begin with a keynote that focuses on reconciliation. Other sessions will cover relationships with employees, issues of copyright, bias in subject headings, and challenged materials.  We’ll approach these topics through facilitated conversations and presentations, allowing time for thought and focus.

On Thursday, participants will visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex with dinner at a restaurant in Harrisburg. Attendees should note that both Gettysburg and Hershey are less than an hour from Messiah University. Snezek participants who wish to explore the area may take advantage of registration add-ons for arriving early or staying late. 

The Snezek Library Leadership Institute is a program under the auspices of the CCCU Library Leadership Council.


Please note that the schedule is based on Eastern Time

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Informal Pre-Conference Discussion
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Keynote – The Things that Make for Peace: Enacting Reconciliation

Mike Jordan, Dean of Chapel, Houghton University

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Library Tour & Reception
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Creating a Foundation for Teamwork: Tools for Combating Dysfunction

Presenters: Brent Etzel, Dean of Library and Archives, Associate Professor of Library & Archives, Wheaton College and Rachelle Waldon, Director of Library Services, North Central University

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Positively Addressing Conflict in Campus Copyright Guidance: The Wheaton College Experience

Presenter: Steve Oberg, Copyright Compliance Liaison and Systems Librarian, Wheaton College and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Facilitator: Brent Etzel, Dean of Library and Archives, Associate Professor of Library & Archives, Wheaton College

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bias in the Stacks: Seeking Justice on the Shelves

Presenters: Elizabeth Kielley, Discovery and Metadata Librarian, Messiah University and Sarah Myers, Public Services Librarian, Messiah University

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
2:15 PM
Leave for off-campus excursion to Harrisburg
3:00 PM
Tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol
6:00 PM
Dinner at Stocks on Second
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
When Materials are Challenged

Presenter: Jenni Breems, Director of Library Services, Dordt University

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Unstructured Debrief

Presenters: Snezek Library Leadership Planning Committee

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Keynote Speaker

Mike Jordan



Inclusive Institute registration includes all meals and lodging with single or double occupancy room rates. Single and double occupancy registration includes lodging accommodations in college dormitories at Messiah University. A linen package is also included. Institute Only registration does not include lodging or breakfast.

Registration Add-Ons

Early Arrival – Tuesday Lodging: $59.00 Single Occupancy / $39.00 Double Occupancy

Leave Late – Friday Housing: $59.00 Single Occupancy / $39.00 Double Occupancy 

Registration Eligibility and Process:
CCCU conferences and events are a benefit to faculty, staff, and administrators at our CCCU institutions, so they are typically closed to non-member individuals and institutions unless they are sponsors or speakers. There are some exceptions to this rule, so if you are a non-member interested in attending, please send your request to conferences@cccu.org

All registrations are reviewed to ensure they meet the CCCU eligibility policies.  The CCCU reserves the right to refuse or cancel all ineligible registrations at any time and shall not be held accountable for any outside fees associated with this cancellation.

Only individuals who register and present a badge may attend conference events. A badge is required for all conference sessions and events. For security reasons, badge swapping is not permitted. Anyone found wearing a badge that does not match his/her identification will be removed from the conference without a refund. In addition, the badge/name will be cancelled without a refund.

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Full payment must accompany your registration. Please call the CCCU office at (202) 546-8713 if you need to make payment by check.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, please email conferences@cccu.org Refunds for cancellations received by Wednesday, June 14, 2023 will be issued minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Wednesday, June 14, 2023. No-shows are not refundable. Registration transfers will be honored at any time.

COVID-19 Protocols

Testing/Vaccination Policy

The CCCU is constantly monitoring CDC guidelines. We are living in a new reality, and we think we can navigate that reality together.

Currently, the CCCU is requesting that attendees at the Institute be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test 1-3 business days prior to arrival. This policy is subject to change. An individual can be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).

Conference Rates
Early Bird
Ends May 15, 2023
Ends June 15, 2023
Ends July 05, 2023
Single Occupancy
Double Occupancy
Institute Only