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Title:
So you want to be an academic library director
ISBN:
9780838914960
Publication:
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017.
Physical Description:
viii, 120 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
Navigating institutional culture : building bridges and not burning them / Peg Seiden and Eleanor Mitchell -- The art of asking : communicating expectations within your library / Samantha Schmehl Hines -- Collaboration in Connecticut public higher education libraries / Patricia S. Banach -- The sum of its parts : building teamwork in the modern academic library environment / Emy Nelson Decker -- Iterative strategic planning : lessons learned in the trenches / Bradford Lee Eden -- So, you find yourself supervising faculty librarians : what now? / Jonathan Miller -- It's always personal : developing an awareness of employment law / Kim Clarke -- Facilities for the director : communication and process / Theresa Liedtka and Virginia Cairns -- Library safety and security / Lisa Beinhoff -- Why shared governance is both the worst and best model for decision-making in libraries / Gary Fitsimmons -- Relationships with stakeholders / Patricia Tully -- Reframing community relations : four perspectives on a children's book event / Adam Murray -- Cultural diversity programming at academic libraries : skills for success / Christopher Shaffer.
Abstract:
"Whether you're a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That's the empowering message of this new collection which offers critical reflection to illuminate the path ahead. Featuring contributions from seasoned veterans sharing several careers' worth of lessons learned, this book: explores key facets of beginning leadership such as surviving the first year, the art of asking, and becoming a supervisor; deals with strategic planning, team-building, shared governance, forming and maintaining important relationships, community outreach, and other crucial skills; discusses safety, personnel-related legal issues, building a new library, managing change, and other potentially stressful situations; and includes a chapter on cultural diversity programming. This work offers a starting point from which academic library directors and aspirants can learn about various leadership skills and then plan their own professional development accordingly"-- Publisher's website.

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Summary:
"Whether you're a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That's the empowering message of this new collection which offers critical reflection to illuminate the path ahead. Featuring contributions from seasoned veterans sharing several careers' worth of lessons learned, this book: explores key facets of beginning leadership such as surviving the first year, the art of asking, and becoming a supervisor; deals with strategic planning, team-building, shared governance, forming and maintaining important relationships, community outreach, and other crucial skills; discusses safety, personnel-related legal issues, building a new library, managing change, and other potentially stressful situations; and includes a chapter on cultural diversity programming. This work offers a starting point from which academic library directors and aspirants can learn about various leadership skills and then plan their own professional development accordingly"--

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Traditional preparation for academic librarianship does a notoriously poor job of equipping directors to handle the rigorous daily complexities of staff supervision, affirmative action/equal opportunity law, team building, diversity programming, shared governance, and the other challenges that will make or break a new director. This very readable, concise collection of essays, all from practicing academic library directors, deans, and program managers, is a survival handbook for aspiring leaders in academic libraries.The dozen essays presented here (e.g., Navigating Institutional Culture, The Art of Asking, It's Always Personal) are clearly written by folks who practice the everyday, in-the-trenches, always-exhausting brand of library leadership required for success at contemporary college and university libraries.For all the practicing academic librarians grown bleary-eyed by the flow-chart-decorated, PowerPoint-embedded, statistic-stuffed, clearly written-just-for-tenure articles found in too many library journals today, this title is a welcome breath of proverbial fresh air and highly recommended. Future editions might benefit from an essay on the politics of budgeting.--Lichtenstein, Art Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Harris (information literacy coordinator, California State Univ., Channel Islands) has chosen 13 helpful essays on various topics for the new or existing academic library director. Drawing on real-life experience, contributing librarians deftly explore crucial concepts such as learning and maneuvering through institutional culture, building bridges, communicating with staff, collaborating, and supervising librarians who are faculty. Some of the pieces, such as "Relationships with Stakeholders," provide examples of what not to do, such as dismissing a librarian after a confrontation with a superior. New directors will find the material invaluable, as stepping on toes is all too easy. Other topics include employee law, library safety and security, the positives and negatives of shared governance in a library, and community relations. VERDICT A helpful primer on major issues likely to confront new academic library directors. Highly recommended for those transitioning into a director role or those wishing to move up the leadership ladder.-Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Peg Seiden and Eleanor MitchellSamantha Schmehl HinesPatricia S. BanachEmy Nelson DeckerBradford Lee EdenJonathan MillerKim ClarkeTheresa Liedtka and Virginia CairnsLisa BeinhoffGary FitsimmonsPatricia TullyAdam MurrayChristopher Shaffer
Prefacep. vii
1 Navigating Institutional Culture Building Bridges and Not Burning Themp. 1
2 The Art of Asking: Communicating Expectations within Your Libraryp. 15
3 Collaboration in Connecticut Public Higher Education Librariesp. 23
4 The Sum of Its Parts: Building Teamwork in the Modern Academic Library Environmentp. 31
5 Iterative Strategic Planning: Lessons Learned in the Trenchesp. 39
6 So, You Find Yourself Supervising Faculty Librarians What Now?p. 45
7 It's Always Personal: Developing an Awareness of Employment Lawp. 55
8 Facilities for the Director: Communication and Processp. 63
9 Library Safety and Securityp. 73
10 Why Shared Governance Is Both the Worst and Best Model for Decision-Making in Academic Librariesp. 81
11 Relationships with Stakeholdersp. 89
12 Reframing Community Relations: Four Perspectives on a Children's Book Eventp. 97
13 Cultural Diversity Programming at Academic Libraries: Skills for Successp. 105
About the Authorsp. 113
Indexp. 117