1st Edition

Leadership in the Library and Information Science Professions
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780789014160
Published November 30, 2001 by Routledge
210 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Safely guide your library into the new millennium!

Like so much else in the information professions, leadership styles are being forced to change to meet the demands of technological innovation. Leadership in the Library and Information Science Professions is among the first books to focus on this increasingly important job qualification. It offers practical advice for developing strong, flexible, and creative leadership skills in yourself and your staff.

This fascinating volume stresses the leadership needed to manage change. The essential skills taught here will help you update library services at a reasonable pace while preserving valuable low-tech alternatives. As one chapter recommends, “Every librarian at every level should have ready an answer-multiple answers-to the ubiquitous questions: Why do we still need libraries when everything is on the Web? How can you justify an expanding budget in the Internet Age?”

Leadership in the Library and Information Science Professions offers fresh ideas for developing and using leadership skills, including:

  • recruiting tips for identifying potential leaders
  • staff training and development
  • restructuring the organization to encourage full staff participation
  • budget strategies for successful leaders
  • issues of gender and ethnic diversity
  • evaluating and assessing leadership

    Leadership in the Library and Information Science Professions is an essential resource for library administrators and staff. By developing your leadership skills and those of your staff, you can confidently face the hectic pace of change in the information sciences.

Table of Contents


  • Introduction
  • The Crisis and Opportunities in Library Leadership
  • Recruitment Theory: Identification of Those Who Are Likely to be Successful as Leaders
  • Developing Library Leaders for the 21st Century
  • Information Technology in the Virtual Library: Leadership in Times of Change
  • Financial Resources and What Leaders Should Know
  • Diversity and Leadership: The Color of Leadership
  • Women and Leadership
  • The Concept of Leadership in Technology-Related Organizations
  • Leadership Evaluation and Assessment
  • Leadership: An International Perspective
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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