Leadership in Libraries. Chandos Information Professional Series
- ID: 2719685
- February 2012
- 212 Pages
- Elsevier Science and Technology
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
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
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?
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
Language and communication
Critical thinking skills
Conceptual and decision-making 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
Ethnic-minority librarians survey
Survey for deans and directors of libraries
Survey for deans and directors of library schools
Chapter 6: Conclusion
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
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.