D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2019.
Specialization: Business administration; Library science
Community college library leadership competencies for the information age
153 pages. UMI #: 13856534
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The academic library has long been viewed as the heart of the college campus, its information center. In today’s Information Age, it is no longer clear what the role of the academic library should be. The problem is that it is uncertain what leadership competencies are needed to effectively lead Information Age community college libraries. The purpose of this study was to better understand Information Age community college library leadership, from the perspective of those who hire and directly supervise community college library leaders. Data were gathered through interviews with 11 Illinois community college library leaders. Findings indicated that the top personal trait for effective Information Age community college library leadership is flexibility/adaptability/being open to change. The top skill is technology/information technology. The most important specialized knowledge is that which comes from completing a master’s degree in library science. The best way to develop one’s personal traits is through coaching or mentoring. Taking classes or job shadowing is the best way to develop the skills needed to effectively lead an Information Age community college library. The best way to obtain the specialized knowledge needed is through professional development or a program of study. Regardless of the field, the best way to develop as a leader is by having a network and/or a mentoring relationship. Library leader supervisors assess a library leader’s effectiveness based on how well they meet stakeholder needs and the level of stakeholder satisfaction. They also consider how well the library leader relates to others.