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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Leadership Theories and Styles: Some Choices for Librarians as Change Agents

A. The Informed Librarian Online;
B. Leadership Studies Materials in Libraries, University of Richmond

The November 2006 issue of The Informed Librarian Online.
Leadership Theories and Styles:
Some Choices for Librarians as Change Agents
by Peter Hernon and Nancy Rossiter

As the twenty-first century unfolds, libraries are coping with myriad issues, some of which relate to the changing information needs and information-gathering behavior of their user communities; are developing and maintaining new services; and are engaging in more community partnerships to support their role as learning organizations that support knowledge/information creation and use. These assorted activities complicate a simple definition of a library as merely a provider of information and knowledge. It is common for library directors and members of their senior management team to describe their roles and accomplishment in terms of change management or creating an agile organization that best serves the parent institution or organization. As change agents, they might be called managerial leaders—managers who are leaders within their organization and within the broader community in which the library functions.

Leadership for senior managers or team members involves attributes such as trust, creativity, adaptability, innovation, and imagination, whereas individuals engaged in management, perhaps as an oversimplification, focus on problem solving, effectiveness, efficiency, and continuous quality improvement in the services offered. Over time, different leadership theories and styles have gained favor. Three of the most relevant for present-day libraries are emotional intelligence (EI), transformational leadership, and situational leadership. The purpose of this essay is to highlight these theories and to illustrate some of their commonalities.
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Leadership Studies Materials in Libraries, University of Richmond
I am trying to identify academic librarians who select materials in the area of leadership studies. I am working as a consulting editor with Sage Reference on the development of some new leadership reference tools. I am compiling an email list of librarians who might be interested in providing some feedback on ideas for new titles.

Thank you for your consideration of my request. Please reply directly to: lmcculle@richmond.edu
Lucretia McCulley
Liaison Librarian for Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

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