1st Edition

Leadership in Academic Libraries Proceedings of the W. Porter Kellam Conference, The University of Georgia, May 7, 1991

By William G Potter Copyright 1993

    Here is a fascinating first-hand perspective of the dramatic changes that have occurred in academic library administration over the past five decades. In Leadership in Academic Libraries, distinguished directors of academic and research libraries pay tribute to W. Porter Kellam, Director Emeritus of the University of Georgia, by presenting an overview of the course of academic and research libraries over the span of his 50 year career. Administrative leaders in academic librarianship including Stuart Forth, Richard Chapin, Frank Grisham, and Ken Toombs offer a frank, perceptive, and witty account of the state of library leadership based upon many decades of accumulated experience and hard-earned knowledge.

    Leadership in Academic Libraries provides valuable insights on library administration, and in particular, on the job of the library director. Readers interested in the history of academic libraries and library administration will gain new insight on the environment in which these leaders worked and how they dealt with university administration and changes in collection development. Chapters also provide advice on how library directors can keep their jobs, and the value of forming professional friendships. Other topics addressed include developments in academic and research libraries over the past five decades in library administration, library services, library architecture, and interlibrary cooperation. An enjoyable autobiographical essay by Mr. Kellam that recounts his long and distinguished career concludes this remarkable volume.

    Library science students and professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about the history of academic libraries will cherish the first-hand experiences of library leaders during the richest and most invigorating time in the history of American libraries. Academic librarians and library students researching the job of library director or the recent history of academic libraries will benefit from the experience and wisdom of these leaders in the areas of administration, library architecture, automation, and library cooperation.

    Contents Introduction
    • Developments in Library Services
    • Emerging Technologies
    • The Evolution of Academic Library Architecture: A Summary
    • Library Cooperation
    • Panel Discussion
    • Reminiscences from the Professional Experiences of an Erstwhile Academic Librarian


    William G Potter