ERIC Number: EJ1100286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
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The Future of Academic Libraries: Conversations with Today's Leaders about Tomorrow
Meier, John J.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v16 n2 p263-288 Apr 2016
To determine how academic library leaders make decisions about their organization's future and how they effect changes, the author interviewed 44 university librarians and deans from institutions belonging to the Association of American Universities (AAU). The author analyzed the interviews using content analysis to identify the most frequent themes among the responses. Results indicate that collaborative decision-making is key to academic library leadership and that strategic planning processes guide organizational change. Digital projects and support of teaching and research top the list of strategic priorities. The author identified key professional development programs and techniques that support the training of future deans and university librarians.
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Trend Analysis, Library Administration, Librarian Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Deans, Decision Making, Interviews, Operations Research, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Performance Factors, Role Models, Leadership Training, Retirement, Content Analysis, Librarians
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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