New from ACRL - “Leading Change in Academic Libraries”

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/28/2020

Contact:

Erin Nevius

Content Strategist

ACRL

enevius@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Change in Academic Libraries,” edited by Colleen Boff and Catherine Cardwell. Each of the stories of leading and managing change in this collection uses Kotter’s Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change as a framework for examining common types of changes across a variety of institutions, offering effective practices and tips for navigating specific challenges. 

Institutions of higher education and academic libraries are not the traditional organizations they once were. They are subject to a variety of forces, including shifting and changing populations, technological changes, public demands for affordability and accountability, and changing approaches to research and learning. Academic libraries can no longer establish their excellence and ground their missions, visions, and strategic directions using the old means and methods.

"Leading Change in Academic Libraries" is a collection of 20 change stories authored by academic librarians from different types of four-year institutions. Librarians tell the story firsthand of how they managed major change in processes, functions, services, programs, or overall organizations using John Kotter’s Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change as a framework for examining change at their institutions, measuring their successes and areas for improvement, and determining progress.

In five sections—strategic planning, reorganization, culture change, new roles, and technological change—chapters discuss tackling common challenges such as fear, anxiety, change fatigue, complacency, unexpected changes of leadership, vacancies, and resistance; look at the results of their tactics; and provide effective practices they found. Each section ends with a thorough analysis of the stories within and the most effective tips for leading that kind of change. "Leading Change in Academic Libraries" can help you establish flexible, nimble, and collaborative decision-making processes, and facilitate the transition from legacy collections-based libraries to forward-looking service-based libraries.

 “Leading Change in Academic Libraries” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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