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Visionary Leaders for Information

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This book examines the theory, behaviour, connections and issues of modern information organizations. Asking leading professionals where we may be in the near future, it challenges both our perceptions and preconceptions. Posing perhaps the most vital question of all… Are we prepared? Do we have a vision?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Introducing the author and contributors
  7. A note about the terminology
  8. Introduction
    1. Where have we come from?
    2. What happens next?
    3. Organisational challenge
    4. The library
    5. Leaders in libraries
    6. And so to the present work
  9. Chapter 1: Towards an organisational theory for information professionals
    1. Management and organisational theory
    2. Definitions of theory and organisation
    3. What is organisational theory?
    4. Theory and practice
    5. Evolution of management thought
    6. Moral purpose
    7. Relationships
    8. The notion of ‘power’
    9. Decision-making and problem-solving
    10. Teamwork and collaboration
    11. Communication/coherence
    12. Case study – a distance education program for trainee teacher librarians
    13. Innovation and change
    14. Two leadership theories
    15. Charismatic leadership theory
    16. Transformational leadership theory
    17. In summary
  10. Chapter 2: Manager or leader?
    1. To do or not to do? (with apologies to Shakespeare)
    2. Leading and managing
    3. Leading from the middle
    4. Leadership styles
    5. Identifying needs
    6. Mobilising your followers
    7. Strategic planning
    8. Money matters
    9. Product review
  11. Chapter 3: The scenarios
    1. 7:00 AM
    2. 8:30 AM
    3. 8:45 AM
    4. 9:25 AM
    5. 11:00 AM
    6. 1:00 PM
    7. 2:00 PM
    8. 4:00 PM
    9. 6:00 PM
    10. 7:00 PM
    11. 10:30 PM
    12. Conclusion
    13. What does the revolution include?
    14. Rise and decline: school libraries
    15. Where are we heading now?
    16. Feedback
    17. Excerpt from student email that prompted the discussion
    18. Response from forum leader
    19. Response 1 to forum leader
    20. Response 2 to forum leader
  12. Chapter 4: Identifying the issues
    1. Centrality
    2. Technology
    3. Change, complexity and chaos
    4. Democratisation of library
    5. Access and equity
    6. Quality staff
    7. Client focus
    8. Relationships
    9. Digitisation
    10. Physical property – real
    11. Physical property – green
    12. Where next?
    13. Summary
  13. Chapter 5: Conclusions
    1. Leading in a change ecology
    2. Flexible management and spaces
    3. Information literacy
    4. Relationships – a reprise
    5. Two final scenarios
    6. Exhibit 1 – the Outy
    7. Exhibit 2 – the Inny
    8. And finally …
  14. Index