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Leadership in Libraries

Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures and tables
  7. List of abbreviations
  8. Foreword
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. About the author
  11. Introduction
    1. What is ethnic-minority leadership?
    2. Who are visible minorities?
    3. Focus of this book
    4. Diversity in diversity
    5. Minority leadership
    6. Literature on minority leadership in libraries
    7. Conclusions
  12. Chapter 1: Leadership as defined by culture, profession and gender
    1. Abstract:
    2. Leadership and culture
    3. What is culture?
    4. How does culture shape a person?
    5. What is cultural intelligence?
    6. What is social intelligence?
    7. What is emotional intelligence?
    8. Leadership and occupation
    9. Can leadership be taught?
    10. Managers as leaders
    11. Leadership and discrimination
    12. Women and leadership
    13. So what is leadership?
  13. Chapter 2: Managers and leaders
    1. Abstract:
    2. Who are leaders?
    3. Who are managers?
    4. The origin of managers or management
    5. The evolvement of management
    6. Are there differences between managers and leaders?
    7. Commonalities
    8. Libraries and their leaders and managers
    9. Motivating ethnic minorities
    10. Leaders and motivation
    11. What is motivation and how does one motivate others?
    12. Team motivation
    13. Classical theory
    14. Early behavioral theory
    15. Contemporary motivation theories
  14. Chapter 3: Leadership styles
    1. Abstract:
    2. What is leadership style?
    3. Theories of leadership
    4. Styles that work
    5. Factors in leadership style
    6. Do women leaders have a different leadership style?
  15. Chapter 4: Leadership skills
    1. Abstract:
    2. Time management and being organized
    3. Communication skills and cultural differences
    4. Kinds of communication
    5. Electronic communication
    6. Language and communication
    7. Critical thinking skills
    8. Conceptual and decision-making skills
    9. Fiscal skills
    10. Technical skills
    11. Human relations skills (or people skills)
  16. Chapter 5: Leadership in school, public, and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia
    1. Abstract:
    2. School libraries and leadership
    3. Lack of applications from school librarians
    4. Public libraries and leadership
    5. What are public libraries doing about ethnic-minority leadership?
    6. Leadership programs for public librarians
    7. How can leadership help public librarians?
    8. Leadership in academic libraries
    9. Leadership programs for ethnic-minority librarians in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia
    10. Statistically speaking
    11. Ethnic-minority librarians survey
    12. Survey for deans and directors of libraries
    13. Survey for deans and directors of library schools
  17. Chapter 6: Conclusion
    1. Abstract:
    2. Bad leadership
  18. Appendix A: questions for ethnic-minority librarians
  19. Appendix B: questions for deans and directors of libraries
  20. Appendix C: questions for deans and directors of library schools
  21. Index