New from ACRL - “Becoming a Library Leader”

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/28/2020


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Becoming a Library Leader: Seven Stages of Leadership Development for Academic Librarians" by Shin Freedman and James M. Freedman, offering exercise, activities, and stories to help librarians develop and hone their leadership potential.  

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.

“Becoming a Library Leader” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.