Leadership in Libraries

Monday, 2/5/2018 - Friday, 3/2/2018

This online course is an overview and critical examination of leadership theories for library leaders. Students will explore the concepts of leadership and followership and critically examine several popular leadership theories including emotional intelligence and transformational, authentic, and servant leadership. Students will perform a personal SWOT analysis of their leadership skills and abilities and create their own definition and theory of leadership and how it manifests itself in a library. After each week, students will re-evaluate their SWOT analysis, definition, and theory and think about how they could incorporate that week’s information. By the end of the class students will have developed their own personal leadership SWOT, definition, and theory that they can use to guide their leadership and career development.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this class, participants will be able to

  • Articulate their own definition and theory of leadership in order to better inform their leadership practice
  • Assess their own leadership skills in order to improve their leadership practice
  • Critically think about and evaluate concepts of leadership and followership in order to better understand the leadership/followership process

Who Should Attend

Formal and informal library leaders looking to improve the leadership practice, especially those new to leadership.


Dr. Jason Martin is the Associate Dean of the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Previous to his time at MTSU, he was the Head of Public Services at Stetson University and the Head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include organizational culture and library leadership, and he has published and presented in numerous journals and national, regional, and state conferences. He holds a BA and MLS from the University of South Florida and a EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.



Registration fees:

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $205
Student: $75

How to Register

  • Scroll down to the month when the course is offered.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the course name.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Course access instructions will be sent out one business day prior to the start of the course.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to one business day prior to the start of the course.

Tech Requirements

The course will be offered in the Moodle platform.  A computer with Internet connection is required.


Your participation will require approximately 3-5 hours per week of primarily asynchronous activities to:

  • Read the online course materials
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises and/or final assignment

Participants who complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.


Questions or requests for assistance should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.