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The LITA Leadership Guide

The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist

Edited by Carl Antonucci and Sharon Clapp

The LITA Leadership Guide from the American Library Association division charged with information technology brings together three important professional development topics -- leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology -- in one volume, uniting theory, practice, and case studies from experienced colleagues in the field.
Topics include: cultivating creativity, career pivots, forecasting and planning for change, keeping tech and leadership skills ahead of the curve, and incorporating lessons and knowledge from across sectors. Additional concepts include: professional development, evaluating risk, overcoming barriers to innovation, and seeding success in your career and organization.
The book will help librarians at every level of the career ladder and will supplement leadership and skill-based training workshops. Library leadership teams interested in the development of their staff as a means of improving their organizational performance will find this book to provide context for growth, training, and collaboration.
This book provides big-picture concepts that affect the many stages of a librarian’s career:
•“Librarian as Leader”,
• “Librarian as Entrepreneur”, and
•“Librarian as Technologist”
and thus is suitable for staff development, discussion groups, or courses. This LITA Guide will help librarians understand how to chart their career development across these three foundational platforms, and become familiar with how peers have successfully created positive change for themselves, and their libraries, as leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 152Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7901-8 • Hardback • April 2017 • $75.00 • (£49.95)
978-1-4422-7902-5 • Paperback • April 2017 • $37.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7903-2 • eBook • April 2017 • $36.99 • (£24.95)
Series: LITA Guides
Carl Antonucci, Ph.D., director of library services, Central Connecticut State University, has been employed in library services in higher education since 1993. He is a member of the planning committee for Connecticut Library Leadership Conference and is the ALA chapter councilor from Connecticut, and was selected to be a mentor at the 2015 New England Library Association’s Leadership Symposium.

Sharon Clapp, digital resources librarian, Central Connecticut State University, is a systems librarian, web developer, and user experience advocate. She frequently presents on topics related to technology and disruptive change in librarianship.
Part 1: Leadership
1What it means to be a leader in academic libraries in the 21st century
Bradford Lee Eden
2From a Transactional to Relational Model: Redefining Public Services via a Roving Pilot Program at the Georgia Tech Library
Emy Nelson Decker, Marlee Givens and Bruce Henson
3Leading Changes in Library as an Architect of Technology Infrastructure
Hong Ma
Part 2: Entrepreneurship
4The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives in Librarians
Mary G. Scanlon & Michael A. Crumpton
5The End of the World as We’ve Known It: Disruptive Innovation in an Academic Library
Rebecca Bichel and C. Heather Scalf
6Creating Spaces for Innovation in the Workplace
Michael Rodriguez
Part 3: Technology
7The Promise and Perils of Open-Source
Junior Tidal
8Early Adoption, Early Abandonment: Parallel Problems in Promoting New Technology
Caitlin A. Bagley
9A Model to Align Technology with Strategy and Structure in Academic Libraries
Harish Maringanti
Practical tips illustrated with case studies provide valuable advice on how to position libraries to support campus priorities. Antonucci and Clapp offer a holistic way of thinking that will help leaders anticipate and address obstacles in this process.
Sharon Weiner, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Library Science and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy, Purdue University Libraries

An essential treatise for the 21st century library leader. Each chapter is a revelation and a guide to action and innovation. Brings together theory, practice and case studies that educate and motivate.
Jim Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University

This volume offers a variety of strategies for practicing librarians who want to maximize their talent for success. Various chapters provide multiple ideas, solutions, and sometimes down right common sense. This resource guide will be a valued addition to any LIS professional development collection. Some chapters may be useful for the new LIS professional or students in the LIS classroom. A "must-read" for librarians looking to the future.
Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Students and Alumni Affairs, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Read these chapters to learn from the experiences of the authors and to consider where there might be applications fro you in your own practice.
Maureen Sullivan, Consultant and 2012-2013 President of the American Library Association