Today's libraries are in the midst of transformative change requiring a workforce that is able to lead, manage, and interact with others outside of traditional structures long associated with organizational hierarchies. This course will provide students with the foundational values underlying the library profession, explore leadership topics, and focus on skills and attributes that are essential for the delivery of effective and dynamic library service.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically analyze and evaluate key leadership theories, models, and perspectives and apply them in a library context.
- Integrate library core values, competencies, transformative leadership approaches, and attributes of library leaders in diverse library settings.
- Formulate a library leadership philosophy and development plan to adopt in professional endeavors based on a self-assessment of one's leadership traits, competencies, styles, strengths, and areas for future growth.
- Adopt principles and models of transformational leadership in practical library contexts as a result of knowledge gained though inquiry, discovery, discussion, observation, and self-introspection throughout the course.
- Work effectively in interactions and communications with others such as in teams and other collaborative endeavors, planning and decision making, coaching/mentoring, dealing with challenges, and promoting diversity in the community in which they serve.