Leadership in Libraries. Chandos Information Professional Series

  • ID: 2719685
  • February 2012
  • 212 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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The efforts of ethnic-minority librarians to become leaders in Western libraries are an important topic for any librarian working towards becoming a leader, with issues such as cross-cultural leadership relevant for all aspiring librarians.

Leadership in Libraries covers leadership in various areas, provides examples of successful minority leaders in different fields and statistical data on minorities and librarians in several countries. The title probes library school programs and their efforts to develop leadership skills among librarians in general, and among minority librarians in particular. The book begins by introducing the concept of ethnic-minority leadership, moving on in the first chapter to definitions by culture, profession, and gender. The next three chapters consider managers as leaders, leadership styles, skills, and leadership in school, public and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. The final chapter includes instances of bad leadership, and offers a conclusion.

- Presents information on learning and developing leadership skills
- Assesses current and relevant statistical data on minority librarians in Canada, US and UK
- Explores information on leadership related courses offered in library schools

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List of figures and tables

List of abbreviations



About the author


What is ethnic-minority leadership?

Who are visible minorities?

Focus of this book

Diversity in diversity

Minority leadership

Literature on minority leadership in libraries


Chapter 1: Leadership as defined by culture, profession and gender


Leadership and culture

What is culture?

How does culture shape a person?

What is cultural intelligence?

What is social intelligence?

What is emotional intelligence?

Leadership and occupation

Can leadership be taught?

Managers as leaders

Leadership and discrimination

Women and leadership

So what is leadership?

Chapter 2: Managers and leaders


Who are leaders?

Who are managers?

The origin of managers or management

The evolvement of management

Are there differences between managers and leaders?


Libraries and their leaders and managers

Motivating ethnic minorities

Leaders and motivation

What is motivation and how does one motivate others?

Team motivation

Classical theory

Early behavioral theory

Contemporary motivation theories

Chapter 3: Leadership styles


What is leadership style?

Theories of leadership

Styles that work

Factors in leadership style

Do women leaders have a different leadership style?

Chapter 4: Leadership skills


Time management and being organized

Communication skills and cultural differences

Kinds of communication

Electronic communication

Language and communication

Critical thinking skills

Conceptual and decision-making skills

Fiscal skills

Technical skills

Human relations skills (or people skills)

Chapter 5: Leadership in school, public, and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia


School libraries and leadership

Lack of applications from school librarians

Public libraries and leadership

What are public libraries doing about ethnic-minority leadership?

Leadership programs for public librarians

How can leadership help public librarians?

Leadership in academic libraries

Leadership programs for ethnic-minority librarians in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia

Statistically speaking

Ethnic-minority librarians survey

Survey for deans and directors of libraries

Survey for deans and directors of library schools

Chapter 6: Conclusion


Bad leadership

Appendix A: questions for ethnic-minority librarians

Appendix B: questions for deans and directors of libraries

Appendix C: questions for deans and directors of library schools


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Kumaran, Maha
Maha Kumaran is currently the Liaison Librarian for the Colleges of Nursing and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. As the liaison librarian she collaborates with faculty to teach undergraduate and graduate students. Students from the College of Nursing are located all over the province, the country and beyond. Depending on the locality of the students, she either teaches in-person or via Web-Ex, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate or by using the Remote Desktop Connection. She has recorded videos using Camtasia and has made it available for students through her nursing research guide. She would like to continue to explore how best to teach nursing students in a distributed learning environment. Her academic interests are in the area of multiculturalism, minorities and currently distributed learning environment.

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