The Next Library Leadership: Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors / Edition 1

The Next Library Leadership: Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors / Edition 1

by Peter Hernon, Ronald R. Powell, Arthur P. Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563089920

ISBN-13: 9781563089923

Pub. Date: 10/30/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This much needed work addresses a topic of increasing importance and urgency: the shortage of individuals attracted to professional careers in librarianship, and the subsequent consequences for leadership positions, particularly library directorship. Through extensive interviews and a thorough review of the existing literature, the authors-all highly respected

Overview

This much needed work addresses a topic of increasing importance and urgency: the shortage of individuals attracted to professional careers in librarianship, and the subsequent consequences for leadership positions, particularly library directorship. Through extensive interviews and a thorough review of the existing literature, the authors-all highly respected for their exceptional leadership and contributions to library science-assess what constitutes effective leadership and identify the traits needed by the next generation of academic and public library directors.

The authors argue that library directors must be both managers and leaders, and that LIS students and graduates need appropriate support in seeking out upper level positions and exercising leadership. They present tools for assessing leadership and suggest strategies that individuals can use to prepare themselves for leadership positions and the challenges that lie ahead. A detailed bibliography completes the work. An important contribution to the field of library and information science, this eye-opening study is essential reading for anyone in the profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563089923
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Series:
Library and Information Science Text Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

A Shortage of Librarians

Qualities Expected of Library Directors: A Review of the Literature

Qualities for ARL Directors

Qualities for ACRL Directors

Qualities for Public Library Directors

Analysis and Comparison of Qualities

Leadership Assessment

Acquiring the Qualities

Hunting Heads and Final Reflections

Bibliography

About the Authors

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