Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: Connecting Theory to Practice

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Bradford Lee Eden, Jody Condit Fagan
Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 14, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 234 pages
Leadership in Academic Libraries highlights model examples of the move from leadership theory into actual practice. A consideration of leadership theories provides a working vocabulary to facilitate discussions of abstract concepts, while specific topical investigations and case studies illustrate those concepts and show the manner in which theories play out in practice. Chapter authors speak from experience as well as theoretical grounding, and include practitioners, researchers, and formal and informal leaders. Topics include transformational leadership across generations; developing a research agenda in library leadership; methodologies for studying library leadership; connections between leadership models and library-focused research; engaging with business, psychology, and educational administration literature; leadership styles; organizational culture; the role of mentoring in leadership; and the role of women in academic library leadership. Two chapters highlight the dichotomy between positional leadership and socially constructed leadership roles. The research methods used include case study, survey, and action research. Extensive bibliographies for each chapter provide a solid foundation for further research.

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Dr. Bradford Lee Eden is dean of library services at Valparaiso University. He is editor of OCLC Systems & Services: Digital Library Perspectives International and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, and is on the editorial boards of Library Hi Tech and The Journal of Film Music. He has recently been named associate editor/editor-designate of Library Leadership & Management, the journal of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) within ALA. He is the author of FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (2006), Information Organization Future for Libraries (2007), and The Associate University Librarian Handbook: A Resource Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2012).

Jody Condit Fagan currently serves as director of scholarly content systems and associate professor at James Madison University. Jody is the editor of the Journal of Web Librarianship and has recently published two books, Comic Book Collections for Libraries with Bryan D. Fagan (2011), and Web Project Management for Academic Libraries (2009) with Jennifer A. Keach.

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