For immediate release | June 18, 2024

New from ACRL - “Critical Library Leadership: Managing Self and Others in Today’s Academic Library”


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Critical Library Leadership: Managing Self and Others in Today’s Academic Library,” edited by Kristin Henrich and Cinthya Ippoliti, offering thoughtful solutions and practical resources to help shape our approach to leadership for ourselves and others.

How can we improve as leaders? How can we nurture and support engaged, productive teams? Many of us arrive in supervisory positions with little or no formal training in academic library leadership, attempting to teach ourselves the skills to be good managers and organizational leaders while mitigating our own changing identities and evolving needs.

"Critical Library Leadership" bridges this gap, addressing critical and often hidden issues like gendered labor, feminist management in practice, career pivots, identity shifts, fear of feedback, knowing when to move on, and trauma-informed leadership. Authors from a variety of leadership positions and types of academic libraries provide practical, effective strategies that combine theory and research to help readers grow and reflect on their own leadership journeys and implement solutions for change in both formal and informal ways.

Part I: Leader as Self
- Section I: Care, Empathy, and Authenticity
- Section II: Career Development

Part II: Leader as Role
- Section III: Relationships with Others
- Section IV: Management Practices

"Critical Library Leadership" offers a sense of recognition and community, new ideas for personal and organizational practice, and a renewed appreciation for the immense amount of affective, emotional, and practical labor that is required of library leaders at all levels.

“Critical Library Leadership: Managing Self and Others in Today’s Academic Library” 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 nearly 8,500 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 web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist