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The Next Library Leadership Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors

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

The Next Library Leadership Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors Synopsis

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.

The Next Library Leadership Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors Press Reviews

In their important study, The Next Library Leadership: Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors, Peter Hernon, Ronald Powell, and Arthur Young address the challenge of identifying, mentoring, and nurturing the next generation of leaders to take positions of leadership in research, college, and public libraries. The authors examine key attributes of leaders so that these qualities may be developed in the next generation of librarians, thereby ensuring highly qualified directors and leaders in the future. -The Library Quarterly The book offers important guidelines for current and aspiring directors as well as for students and new librarians preparing for leadership positions. -Booklist Through extensive interviews and research, authors Peter Hernon, Ronald R. Powell, and Arthur P. Young identify the traits needed by the next generation of leaders and discuss various methods to acquire those qualities. -American Libraries [A] manageable one-stop shopping list that could be used by those already serving as library directors for self-evaluation, by those looking to hire such leaders, or by those who might choose this career path....for what this works sets out to do, it succeeds. For academic professional reading collections and library schools. -Library Journal In summary, this book is timely, informative, and very useful. It is a valuable resource that is highly recommended for individuals aspiring to become directors of academic or public libraries, students in library and information science programs, researchers, directors interested in reassessing the qualities that they possess, professional associations, and leadership institutes. It would make an excellent addition to any library. -portal: Libraries and the Academy A manageable one-stop shopping list that could be used by those already serving as library directors for self-evaluation, by those looking to hire such leaders, or by those who might choose this career path....for what this works sets out to do, it succeeds. For academic professional reading collections and library schools. -Library Journal ?The book offers important guidelines for current and aspiring directors as well as for students and new librarians preparing for leadership positions.?-Booklist ?Through extensive interviews and research, authors Peter Hernon, Ronald R. Powell, and Arthur P. Young identify the traits needed by the next generation of leaders and discuss various methods to acquire those qualities.?-American Libraries ?[A] manageable one-stop shopping list that could be used by those already serving as library directors for self-evaluation, by those looking to hire such leaders, or by those who might choose this career path....for what this works sets out to do, it succeeds. For academic professional reading collections and library schools.?-Library Journal ?In summary, this book is timely, informative, and very useful. It is a valuable resource that is highly recommended for individuals aspiring to become directors of academic or public libraries, students in library and information science programs, researchers, directors interested in reassessing the qualities that they possess, professional associations, and leadership institutes. It would make an excellent addition to any library.?-portal: Libraries and the Academy ?In their important study, The Next Library Leadership: Attributes of Academic and Public Library Directors, Peter Hernon, Ronald Powell, and Arthur Young address the challenge of identifying, mentoring, and nurturing the next generation of leaders to take positions of leadership in research, college, and public libraries. The authors examine key attributes of leaders so that these qualities may be developed in the next generation of librarians, thereby ensuring highly qualified directors and leaders in the future.?-The Library Quarterly

Book Information

ISBN: 9781563089923
Publication date: 30th October 2003
Author: Peter Hernon, Ronald R. Powell, Arthur P. Young
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Library, archive & information management,

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

PETER HERNON is Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Editor in Chief of Journal of Academic Librarianship, Founding Editor of Government Information Quarterly, Co-Editor of Library & Information Science Research, and an internationally acclaimed author of numerous books in the area of government information. RONALD R. POWELL is Professor, Library and Information Science Program, Wayne State University, and author of the popular textbook Basic Research Methods in Librarianship, soon to be in its fourth edition. ARTHUR P. YOUNG is Dean of University Libraries, Northern Illinois University, editor of Beta Phi Mu Monographs, former editor of ACRL ...

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