ATG Book of the Week: Library Leadership in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Study of Academic and Public Libraries.

by | Oct 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Library Leadership - worldcat.orgTitle: Library Leadership in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Study of Academic and Public Libraries.
Editors: Peter Hernon and Niels Ole Pors.
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-61069-126-0; $60.00
Imprint: Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2013.

 

Why do leaders in library and information science (LIS) need to know leadership theories? What can knowledge about theories contribute to improved leadership in the real world, and how is leadership defined in the United States as compared to the countries of Europe? The topic of leadership theory and the related subject of defining the role of the library director is of critical importance to leaders in academic and public libraries across the nation, particularly in light of continuing budget problems and funding cutbacks.

This book is the first to examine library and information science leadership in the United States and throughout Europe, providing a critical analysis and comparison of leadership in America versus in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Library Leadership in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Study of Academic and Public Libraries discusses prevalent leadership theories, practices, and literature, exploring issues with broad implications thematically and across different countries. After an introduction that overviews leadership, leadership theories, and influences of national culture and related concepts, the authors examine leadership in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe as a whole, and selected European countries, highlighting differences and shared characteristics. The latter half of the work focuses on selected themes such as management and accountability and discusses an international research agenda.

Reviews
“Interesting and informative. While it’s a relatively short book at 219 pages, it packs in a wealth of information. . . . What is especially good about this book is that everyone can bene?t from it, not just managers. Anyone who leads a committee, team, project or other activity within the library can learn from this book. Leadership and management are not the same thing, and this book makes it clear. . . . Highly recommended for everyone.”

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

“…this is an excellent scholarly work that addresses a topic that  is rarely covered in the literature. Leadership and culture are explored in depth, and the theories frame the discussions around libraries. Anyone studying library leadership and management would find this a very useful book…”

Mark E. Shelton, Harvard University – College and Research Libraries

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