For immediate release | January 20, 2011

Using storytelling for effective library leadership

CHICAGO—Just as literature often enhances learning, the power of storytelling can be very effective when applied to leadership and management. In the new ALA Editions book, “Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Effective Leadership,” library expert and author Kate Marek shows readers how they can use storytelling to communicate vision and values. Applying solid management principles to a library setting, Marek’s book includes:
  • a primer on how to develop storytelling skills;
  • tips on how to use narratives to navigate change and build community;
  • strategies for using your library’s buildings and history to communicate shared goals.
Marek is a professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches in the areas of technology and policy. She has worked as a library consultant and in all types of library organizations, and she writes in the areas of libraries, technology and teaching.
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Jill Davis