So you want to be an academic library director

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/11/2017

Contact:

Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

rchristopher@ala.org

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That’s the empowering message of “So You Want to Be an Academic Library Director,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection edited by Colleen S. Harris which offers critical reflection to illuminate the path ahead. Featuring contributions from seasoned veterans sharing several careers’ worth of lessons learned, this book:

  • explores key facets of beginning leadership such as surviving the first year, the art of asking, and becoming a supervisor;
  • deals with strategic planning, team-building, shared governance, forming and maintaining important relationships, community outreach, and other crucial skills;
  • discusses safety, personnel-related legal issues, building a new library, managing change, and other potentially stressful situations; and
  • includes a chapter on cultural diversity programming.

Harris serves as information literacy coordinator and assistant librarian at the Broome Library on the California State University Channel Islands faculty. Her work has appeared as book chapters in “Library Management Tips That Work,” “The Frugal Librarian,” “Writing and Publishing,” and “Teaching Generation M”; and as articles in Library Review, Journal of Access Services, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, and Library Journal. Her research interests include academic library leadership and management, library instruction impacts on student learning, and applied research methods in academic settings.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.