Leadership in Libraries

A Focus on Ethnic-Minority Librarians


  • Maha Kumaran, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

The efforts of ethnic-minority librarians to become leaders in Western libraries are an important topic for any librarian working towards becoming a leader, with issues such as cross-cultural leadership relevant for all aspiring librarians.

Leadership in Libraries covers leadership in various areas, provides examples of successful minority leaders in different fields and statistical data on minorities and librarians in several countries. The title probes library school programs and their efforts to develop leadership skills among librarians in general, and among minority librarians in particular. The book begins by introducing the concept of ethnic-minority leadership, moving on in the first chapter to definitions by culture, profession, and gender. The next three chapters consider managers as leaders, leadership styles, skills, and leadership in school, public and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. The final chapter includes instances of bad leadership, and offers a conclusion.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Managers, supervisors, directors and deans of higher education institutions


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-658-6


Highly recommended for its contribution to our understanding of an important aspect of the information profession., The Australian Library Journal
While it has clear value to ethnic minority librarians, it deserves a much wider audience from all interested in leadership, library education and ethnic diversity in the workplace., The Australian Library Journal
Leadership in Libraries is both intensely personal and incredibly informative. […] The best and most useful parts of this book were its readability and applicability. […] A copy of this title should be on the shelf of any library - public, academic, or otherwise - that is interested in developing and strengthening the leadership of its people. While Kumaran tells us that the focus of the book is on first-generation, visible minorities, I believe that it will serve not only this population but all people who work in the field of libraries and information sciences. This publication is not only useful, but relevant and a much needed addition to this area of literature., The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Table of Contents

Leadership as defined by culture, profession and gender; Managers and leaders; Leadership styles; Leadership skills; Leadership in school, public and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia; Conclusion.