Shaping the Future
Advancing the Understanding of Leadership
by Peter Hernon, Editor
September 2010, 245pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-615-7
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For any business or organization, having effective leadership, management, and planning are critical to success. Library and information science institutions are no different. Librarians leading professional associations, management and leadership instructors at LIS schools and the students enrolled in those courses should pay careful attention to research that indicates how to best serve their patrons, communities, and stakeholders.

This book provides an overview of leadership in library and information science (LIS), examines the findings of doctoral students in the Simmons program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, and advocates research in LIS.

Library and information science researchers can provide valuable insights about leadership and management, thereby adding a significant amount of practical information to the foundation of knowledge for LIS professionals and educators. Accordingly, it behooves both internal and external LIS practitioners to investigate and apply these research findings. Utilizing the available evidence wisely will better connect libraries to an organizational culture of assessment and evaluation, enabling improved service despite reduced funding after the recent economic downturn.

This book conveys the rich study findings about leadership in the profession based on case studies and scenario plans written by doctoral students in the Simmons program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, and takes the lessons from this research to advocate further research in library and information science (LIS). Shaping the Future: Advancing the Understanding of Leadership provides an overview of leadership in LIS, highlighting the research done, the areas for discussion, and the potential for further study. Examples of case studies and scenario planning—applicable to both academic and public libraries—are provided.


  • Detailed discussions of scenario planning, case studies, and research agendas
  • Contains contributions from three leading authorities on scenario planning and case studies as well as an important book foreword by Camila Alire
  • Includes the A.J. Anderson Problem-Solving Model, a framework for writing case studies
  • Bibliography contains over 25 selections of additional readings on leadership
Peter Hernon is professor of library and information science at Simmons College, Boston, MA. He is the author of 50 books, including Libraries Unlimited's Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes, winner of the 2010 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature; Making a Difference: Leadership and Academic Libraries; and Praeger's Federal Information Policies in the 1990s: Views and Perspectives.


"Recommended for scholarly reading."—Teacher Librarian, December 1, 2010
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