In view of the challenges facing higher education, academic librarians need to take an expanded campus leadership role. This book shows the way.
Individual librarians and their personal leadership are contributing to changes in the library profession and the expanding career opportunities available to academic librarians. Not long ago many librarians saw their careers as limited to the confines of their library's four walls. There is a growing range of opportunities for librarians to hold influential positions outside of the library.
Libraries have been an integral part of American higher education since 1636, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony's college at Cambridge was founded and then, two years later, took the name of John Harvard in recognition of the bequest of his library. Today the more than 3500 colleges and universities in the United States have collections that total many millions of volumes. In the intervening years, libraries have functioned in varying ways, depending upon the changing and developing purposes and policies of the institutions they have served. During this time the role of the librarian has changed from that of keeper of books to one of broad responsibilities for sophisticated information services. The academic librarian of today is a consummate professional, responsible for providing information services to faculty and students using every available technology.
Introduction The History and Evolution of the Librarian in Higher Education The Development of the Academic Library in American Higher Education and the Role of the Academic Librarian by Beverly P. Lynch From Faculty to Librarian Materials Selection: An Element in the Professionalization of Librarianship by Raven Fonfa The Future, the Responsibility of Leaders The Library Director as a Campus Leader by Delmus E. Williams Visionary Leadership by Donald E. Riggs A New Paradigm of Leader Effectiveness for Academic Libraries: An Empirical Study of the Bass (1985) Model of Transformational Leadership by Rosie L. Albritton Leadership Roles in Non-Managerial Settings Public Services Librarians in the Academic Community: The Imperative for Leadership by Barbara I. Dewey Every Instructional Services Librarian a Leader: Leadership in the Small Academic Library by Janet M. Hurlbert Leading from Within: Leadership Within the Ranks of Academic Librarians by George Charles Newman Expatriate Librarians and the Challenge of National Culture by Kenneth J. Oberembt A Critique of Some Contemporary Conceptions of Re-engineering Based Library Leadership by Brian Champion The Professional Career and Leadership Behavior Leadership: In the Eye of the Beholder? by David R. Dowell The Advancement Dilemma of Academic Library Directors by George Charles Newman Post-leadership Career Paths for Academic Directors by George Charles Newman Other Academic Settings and Leadership Roles Leadership Roles in Other Academic Settings by Dennis E. Robison Choosing the College Presidency: Extending the Career Ladder by Elaine P. Adams An Academic Odyssey: Teacher, Librarian, Professor, Dean by Edward J. Jennerich On Becoming a Chief Information Officer in Academe:Evolving Roles of an Academic Librarian by H.E. Broadbent III The Complex Tapestry of a Library Life by Christie Koontz Bibliographic Essay Leadership in Librarianship by Rashelle S. Karp and Cindy Murdock Index
Reviews Recommended for library collections and for professionals interested in learning more about opportunities to lead.—The Journal of Academic Librarianship