Next Library Leadership Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors

ISBN-10: 1563089920
ISBN-13: 9781563089923
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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. Chapters include: BL A Shortage of Librarians BL Qualities Expected of Library Directors: A Review of the Literature BL Qualities for ARL Directors BL Qualities for ACRL Directors BL Qualities for Public Library Directors BL Analysis and Comparison of Qualities BL Leadership Assessment BL Acquiring the Qualities BL Hunting Heads and Final Reflections An important contribution to the field of library and information science, this eye-opening study is essential reading for anyone in the profession.

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Shortage of Librarians
National Librarian Shortage
Academic Library Directorships: In a State of Flux?
Employment Outlook
Challenges
Acute Shortage Impacting the Position of Director?
Conclusion
Qualities Expected of Library Directors: A Review of the Literature
Leadership Qualities
Managerial Qualities
Personal Qualities
Knowledge Areas
Qualities for Medical Librarians
Conclusion
Competencies and Responsibilities of Top Management Teams in Public Libraries
Qualities for Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Directors
Our Past Research
Supplementary Views
Conclusion
Qualities for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Library Directors
Delphi Study
Supplementary Views
Conclusion
Qualities for Public Library Directors
Delphi Study
Supplementary Views
Conclusion
Analysis and Comparison of Qualities
ARL Directors
ACRL Library Directors
Public Library Directors
Combined List
Conclusion
Leadership Assessment
Assessment Tools
Assessment of Library Directors
Self-Diagnostic Tools
Moving beyond Self-Assessment
Other Uses of the Qualities
Conclusion
Acquiring the Qualities
General Ways to Acquire the Qualities
Outcomes Assessment
Leaders' Assessment of Acquiring the Qualities
State-level Leadership Initiatives
Conclusion
Hunting Heads and Final Reflections
The Headhunter Vortex
Reflections and a Modest Agenda
Bibliography
Index

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