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Library Leadership & Management
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.212
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 1945-8851
Published by American Library Association Homepage  [9 journals]
  • President's Column

    • Authors: Anne Cooper Moore
      PubDate: 2019-12-23
      DOI: 10.5860/llm.v34i1.7418
      Issue No: Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)
  • Innovation and Growth: Applying Clayton M. Christensen’s Theories to
           Academic Libraries

    • Authors: David W. Lewis
      Abstract: Academic libraries are facing many challenges as documents become digital objects on the network and services that were once their sole province are now provided by others at network-scale. Academic libraries will need to identify and develop new services if they are to remain vital. Using two theories from Clayton M. Christensen’s work, the first on different kinds of innovation and their impact on growth, and the second on the “jobs to be done” framework, can guide librarians in this task. Understanding the different types of innovation and the results they bring should shape budget and resource allocation strategies. Understanding the “jobs of be done” framework should provide the means of identifying new products and services that will be valued by students and faculty. The two theories, taken together, can provide academic libraries the means to assure their continuing relevance.
      PubDate: 2019-12-23
      DOI: 10.5860/llm.v34i1.7377
      Issue No: Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)
  • Are you being served' Embracing servant leadership, trusting library
           staff, and engendering change

    • Authors: Yvonne Nalani Meulemans, Talitha R. Matlin
      Abstract: It is self-evident that academic libraries and librarianship are changing in substantive ways, ranging from the types of material we collect, the way we approach information literacy instruction, to our positions within college and university organizational charts. In response to a rapidly changing environment, library administrators may try to quickly bring about changes in library policies, structure, and more. However, in the process, library administrators may inadvertently adopt rigid top-down approaches that can disenfranchise and disengage library workers, resulting in outcomes that serve neither students or workers. A servant leadership approach to authority and influence may be a means to reverse this frustrating trajectory. Servant leadership requires that administrators focus on the existing expertise and the development potential of library workers as the means for ensuring fulfillment of the library’s mission in an environment of constant change. Furthermore, this approach requires administrators to begin by accepting library workers’ perspectives as their reality, instead of dismissing those perspectives. This approach shares the same foundations of two central practices of librarianship: reference and instruction. Librarians must believe users’ information needs, listen to their experiences and with this information, consider ways to aid the user in progressing toward their goal. A challenge to this approach is that it requires more work for library administrators and library workers through consideration of different types of information and looking closely at voices of disagreement and resistance. While servant leadership appears more complex with slower progress, the end result of sincere engagement and effort by everyone in the library has the potential to aid in achieving the changes needed to keep academic libraries thriving.
      PubDate: 2019-12-23
      DOI: 10.5860/llm.v34i1.7399
      Issue No: Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)
  • The Favor of the People: What Library Leaders can Learn from The Prince

    • Authors: Jason Martin
      Abstract: The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli is as relevant to leaders today as it was when it was written in the 16th Century. The main message of Machiavelli is to keep the people you lead happy. This runs counter to the incomplete and superficial understanding many people have of Machiavelli. The Prince describes six ways to keep people happy: be a good leader and a competent professional, build and maintain relationships with people, stop problems before they start, empower people, have strong values and high standards, and have a vision. This article will briefly explore each of these areas and describe their importance to library leaders.
      PubDate: 2019-12-23
      DOI: 10.5860/llm.v34i1.7385
      Issue No: Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)
  • New and Noteworthy: Reviewing Basic Leadership Competencies –
           Emotional Intelli

    • Authors: Jennifer A. Bartlett
      Abstract: In this "New and Noteworthy" column, we highlight recent and basic publications pertaining to emotional intelligence, one of the 14 Foundational Competencies identified by LLAMA as being necessary for leaders and managers.
      PubDate: 2019-12-23
      DOI: 10.5860/llm.v34i1.7421
      Issue No: Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)
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