Becoming a Library Leader: Seven Stages of Leadership Development for Academic Librarians—eEditions PDF e-book

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  • About the authors

Leadership has not always been a focus in academic libraries; the profession has often concentrated on management, administration, and library service. However, it is possible to prepare yourself to be a library leader or learn to be a better, more effective one. It requires a plan, a guidebook, a career perspective, and discipline. You have to be intentional, and invest your time in your development and personal growth.

In three parts—Library Organizations and Academic Culture, The Seven Stages of Leadership Development, and Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership—Becoming a Library Leader offers a wealth of resources to help you progress through the seven stages of leadership development:

  • Understanding Yourself and Your Leadership Potential
  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Vision and Strategy
  • Leading with Intention
  • What Leaders Really Do: Communicate and Change
  • Correcting through Reflecting
  • Mind-Set, Grit, and Resilience

Packed with learning activities, case studies, personal stories, and self-reflective exercises, along with a discussion of library leadership styles, theories, and models for academic libraries, this book can help you both understand leadership and develop it within yourself.


Part I. Library Organizations and Academic Culture
Chapter 1. New Librarians’ Challenges and Library Leadership
Chapter 2. On Mentoring
Chapter 3. Collegiality Matters and Library Leaders
Chapter 4. Organizational Culture and Library Leadership

Part II. The Seven Stages of Leadership Development
Chapter 5. Understanding Yourself and Your Leadership Potential
Chapter 6. Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
Chapter 7. Vision and Strategy
Chapter 8. Leading with Intention
Chapter 9. What Leaders Really Do: Communicate and Change
Chapter 10. Correcting through Reflecting
Chapter 11. Mindset, Grit, and Resilience: Sustaining Your Leadership Development

Part III. Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership
Chapter 12. Cultural Intelligence, Diversity, Cross-Cultural, and Multicultural Leadership

Author Biographies

Shin Freedman

Shin Freedman is Head of Scholarly Resources & Collections for the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University (FSU) in Massachusetts, where she specializes in scholarly resources and collections. She teaches information literacy and devotes herself to research and evaluation. Prior to FSU, she worked at Brown University Sciences and Medical Libraries. In 2015, she was appointed as a founding member of the Charleston Insights Editorial Board. In 2016, she received a Fulbright U.S. Lecturer Award to China and taught library and information science to Chinese graduate students in the Information Resources Department of the School of Public Affairs at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. In addition, she was invited to give lectures and was a speaker at the Beijing Institute for Science and Technology, Nanjing Normal University, Shanghai Normal University, Southwest University, Nanjing University, Tongji University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Hannam University in Korea. She also teaches professional communication in Beijing, China for FSU. She earned an MBA from Bentley University in Waltham, an MLS from Simmons University Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, and a BA from Catholic University in Taegu, Korea.

James M. Freedman

James M. Freedman specializes in developing leaders in multicultural organizations. With leadership development experience in Korea, China, and the Philippines, Jim has a unique perspective on helping leaders become more effective communicators. He is currently combining his consulting work with teaching professional communication in the Manning School of Management at University of Massachusetts–Lowell. He has also been a guest lecturer on the topic of leading multicultural organizations at Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, and Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. He was the Vice President of Global Leadership Development for Fresenius Medical Care and most recently was responsible for developing leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. With an MBA from Bentley University, an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross, and his service as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Korea for which he is a recipient of the Van Fleet Award, Jim brings an unusually broad set of experiences to his work developing leaders.