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Leadership: The Challenge for the Information Profession



Effective leadership is key to the future of information services and professional practice, as demands on leaders within the sector are greater than ever before. Leadership skills are required at all levels of the profession, from the top, through to professional staff called upon to lead a team or to take a supervisory role. To meet these challenges, individuals must develop their leadership capacity. This book invites information professionals across the sector and at different stages in their career to reflect on and engage with the development of their leadership role and contribution. Using theoretical concepts and models, coupled with practical tools, this book encourages readers to think about their own leadership and the leadership provided by others around them as the basis for continuing improvement in management and professional practice. No other book offers such a comprehensive and topical perspective on leadership in the context of the information services and the wider information industry. Contents include: - challenges in leadership - knowing yourself as a leader - leadership in context - promoting change, innovation and creativity - leading people - setting direction and strategy - leadership development - influential leadership. A range of features, including learning objectives, chapter summaries, review questions, case cameos and recommendations for further reading, encourages and facilitates engagement and reflection. Readership: This book is a must-have for information professionals and aspiring leaders seeking to understand leadership and to develop their own leadership practice, as well as the leadership potential in others. It is also a valuable professional education text.
1. Context and challenges in leadership 2. Knowing yourself as a leader 3. Leadership in context 4. Change and innovation 5. Leading people 6. Setting direction and strategy 7. Leadership development 8. Influential leadership.

Sue Roberts BA (Hons) DipLib MA MCLIP is University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Jennifer Rowley BA MSc MSc PhD FCLIP CEng MCMI MBCS is Professor of Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University.

"As a reference source for continuing professional development, this book is invaluable...This book should be highly recommended to graduates in non-professional posts, degree-level students, and library trainees desiring a springboard upon which to embark their leadership adventure."

"...highly recommended"

Journal of Documentation

"This is a really impressive addition to the literature on this important and topical issue…it wouldn't surprise me if it become the leading text on the subject."


"Overall the book provides an excellent literature review of leadership, offering a good mixture of general and specifically information services related resources. It is an excellent starting point for new ambitious entrants to the profession and for students, but could also offer a thought provoking refresher to more experienced professionals thinking of developing their leadership qualities."

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