For immediate release | April 12, 2011

Mastering the challenge of library management

CHICAGO — Change is essential but can be stressful, especially when it upsets established routines and patterns. In their new ALA Editions book “The Challenge of Library Management: Leading with Emotional Engagement,” Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Pixey Anne Mosley help library managers lead staff through episodes of change while remaining empathetic. Peppered with short narratives that use real-life examples of change principles, this book shows library managers how to:

  • Engage library staff in the process and encourage their active participation;
  • Navigate successfully through common types of change, such as space planning, departmental reorganization and changes in work responsibilities;
  • Draw on concepts from psychology, communication, empowerment, planning and evaluation to minimize friction.

vanDuinkerken is the coordinator of cataloging record support and an associate professor at Texas A&M University Libraries. She has also been interim head of cataloging staff, coordinator of monographs acquisitions, reference librarian for Islamic studies and project leader for the implementation of virtual reference at Texas A&M. Before that, she managed documentation and support and customer service response for a library software company in Canada and worked with the Office of Strategic Business Initiatives of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, managing an extensive project portfolio.

Mosley is the head of collection support services and a professor at Texas A&M University Libraries and has recently served as the interim director of the university’s Academic Integrity Office. She has published extensively on management in libraries with articles in Library Leadership & Management and Reference & User Services Quarterly and has authored two previous books, “Staying Successful as a Middle Manager” and “Transitioning from Librarian to Middle Manager.” She is currently the co-associate editor for Library Leadership & Management, the official journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association.

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