The LITA Leadership Guide from the American Library Association division charged with information technology brings together three important professional development topics -- leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology -- in one volume, uniting theory, practice, and case studies from experienced colleagues in the field.
Topics include: cultivating creativity, career pivots, forecasting and planning for change, keeping tech and leadership skills ahead of the curve, and incorporating lessons and knowledge from across sectors. Additional concepts include: professional development, evaluating risk, overcoming barriers to innovation, and seeding success in your career and organization.
The book will help librarians at every level of the career ladder and will supplement leadership and skill-based training workshops. Library leadership teams interested in the development of their staff as a means of improving their organizational performance will find this book to provide context for growth, training, and collaboration.
This book provides big-picture concepts that affect the many stages of a librarian's career:
* "Librarian as Leader",
* "Librarian as Entrepreneur", and
* "Librarian as Technologist"
and thus is suitable for staff development, discussion groups, or courses. This LITA Guide will help librarians understand how to chart their career development across these three foundational platforms, and become familiar with how peers have successfully created positive change for themselves, and their libraries, as leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 241 x 157 x 18 mm
In addition to exploring the traditional leadership role of a library director, this work by Antonucci and Clapp proposes models of librarians as leaders in technology and entrepreneurship. According to the authors, libraries are conservative organizations, often at odds with risk-takers and disrupters, much of that disruption coming as a result of technological innovation. The book begins with an examination of open-source software, the adoption and abandonment of new technologies and software, and the impact of technology on libraries' operations and overall mission. The entrepreneurial spirit in librarianship is defined not by taking the considerable financial risk of operating a new and untried business but by shaking up the tradition organizational model. At risk is the very character of a library. Is it a library if there are no physical books? What if there is no dedicated physical location? The librarian/entrepreneurs here haven't quite reached that level of disruption, but those questions are in the air as large physical collections shrink and space in library buildings is dedicated to other uses. Verdict: Recommended reading for all librarians. * Library Journal *
Practical tips illustrated with case studies provide valuable advice on how to position libraries to support campus priorities. Antonucci and Clapp offer a holistic way of thinking that will help leaders anticipate and address obstacles in this process. -- Sharon Weiner, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Library Science and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy, Purdue University Libraries
An essential treatise for the 21st century library leader. Each chapter is a revelation and a guide to action and innovation. Brings together theory, practice and case studies that educate and motivate. -- Jim Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University
This volume offers a variety of strategies for practicing librarians who want to maximize their talent for success. Various chapters provide multiple ideas, solutions, and sometimes down right common sense. This resource guide will be a valued addition to any LIS professional development collection. Some chapters may be useful for the new LIS professional or students in the LIS classroom. A "must-read" for librarians looking to the future. -- Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Students and Alumni Affairs, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Read these chapters to learn from the experiences of the authors and to consider where there might be applications fro you in your own practice. -- Maureen Sullivan, consultant and 2012-2013 president of the American Library Association