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Library Leadership & Management
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ISSN (Print) 1945-8851
Published by American Library Association Homepage  [9 journals]
  • President's Message

    • Authors: Pixey Mosley
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • Critical Views of Leadership and the Academic Library

    • Authors: Curtis Brundy
      Abstract: Critical leadership studies (CLS) is a recent branch of leadership studies that examines assumptions and issues with mainstream approaches to leadership development and research. This paper reviews three areas of criticism from CLS. First, leadership is a poorly defined and ambiguous concept. Second, mainstream approaches to leadership can be harmful to followers. And third, there is little evidence demonstrating that leadership development is effective. Next, a recent attempt at library leadership development, the Nexus Project, is examined against the three CLS leadership criticisms. And finally, suggestions from the CLS literature are offered on how to pursue organizational improvements outside the context and shadow of leadership.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • What is Helpful (and Not) in the Strategic Planning Process' An
           Exploratory Survey and Literature Review

    • Authors: Laura Newton Miller
      Abstract: Strategic planning is a necessary undertaking for many university libraries. Through a literature review and an open-ended, exploratory survey to university libraries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom, the researcher was able to get a sense of nuance and importance of some of the parts of the process. Themes are organized into who worked on the process, the timeframe of the plan and process, prioritization and focus, environmental scanning, university plan alignment, and assembling the plan. Understanding what worked (and what did not) can help others who are tasked with taking on lead roles in the strategic planning process, and can enable libraries to create a strategic plan that works best for their staff, users, and institution.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • Putting Work Life Balance into Practice: Policy Implications for Academic

    • Authors: Tamara Townsend, Kimberley Bugg
      Abstract: Work-life balance for academic librarians is often problematic because while they are often held to the same scholarship and service standards as teaching faculty; their work responsibilities do not always afford them the same independence and autonomy to complete these requirements. Further, library leaders concerned with recruitment and retention should consider reviewing and updating policies that address work-life balance as a way to gain the competitive advantage. This study explores the policies that hinder and support librarians in achieving greater work-life balance. A survey of 329 academic librarians working in urban settings found that changes and enhancements in schedule flexibility would assist many librarians with achieving greater work-life balance.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • Water, Mold, and Pests: The World of Preservation Disaster Statistics

    • Authors: Beth Ann McGowan
      Abstract: Beginning in 2012 and continuing to the present day, the ALCTS/ALA administers a national survey to collect preservation statistics. When the survey began, it included something unique in library history -- that is several questions that illuminated the intersection of disasters and preservation activities. Unfortunately, due to concerns about the length of the survey, questions about that topic were dropped after 2013. This means our field has information about said intersection for only two years. Furthermore, because the reports about these surveys focused on broader issues of preservation, the reports did not fully explore the findings of those years. This article returns to the data sets for the 2012 and 2013 ALCTS/ALA Preservation surveys to more fully explore their findings and to discuss their implications.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • The Age Demographics of Librarians and the Organizational Challenge Facing
           Academic Libraries

    • Authors: David W Lewis, Kindra Orr
      Abstract: The age demographics of the librarian workforce will create organizational challenges for academic libraries. The large baby boomer cohort, which is approaching retirement, needs to be replaced by millennials. There are a relatively small number of librarians in the Gen X cohort and in most cases, they have come late to leadership opportunities. Creating an organization that uses the skills and abilities of all three generations will be challenging and will require attention to both organizational structure and culture. It will also require a purposeful focus on leadership development and the provision of opportunities for people throughout the organization so that all can make significant contributions and can meaningfully influence the work and direction of the library.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • Supply Chain Risk after Swets: Evaluating the Financial Viability of
           Library Vendors

    • Authors: John Eric Juricek
      Abstract: The financial collapse of a library vendor can have serious repercussions, but steps can be taken to investigate the financial health of vendors to help avoid surprises. Useful tools and techniques to minimize risk and maximize business continuity are described and the limits of such research explored. The broader supply chain context of library vendors is also outlined.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • The Halo Effect and Bounded Rationality - Limits on Decision-Making

    • Authors: Patricia Katopol
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
  • New and Noteworthy: Philanthropy and Libraries

    • Authors: Jennifer Ann Bartlett
      Abstract: A review of several recent articles, books, and websites on the topic of philanthropy and fundraising in libraries and information organizations.
      PubDate: 2018-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2018)
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