Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors

Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors

International Perspectives on Library Management

1st Edition - December 1, 2018

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  • Authors: Patrick Lo, Dickson Chiu, Allan Cho, Brad Allard
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027479
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027462

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Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors: International Perspectives on Library Management presents a series of conversations with the directors of major academic and research libraries. The book offers insight, analysis, and personal anecdote from leaders in the library field, giving a unique perspective on how the modern library operates. Readers will learn about the most up-to-date trends and practices in the LIS profession from the directors of 24 internationally acclaimed academic and research libraries in Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and the UK and USA. This is the first book focusing on leaders and managers of library institutions to offer a global outlook. Facing the need to respond to the expectations of changing populations that librarians strive to serve, this book aims to develop a new understanding of the core values of academic and research libraries, and asks how librarians can innovate, adapt, and flourish in a rapidly shifting professional landscape.

Key Features

  • Presents conversations with library leaders from 24 major institutions
  • Offers a global perspective on the operation and management of libraries
  • Discusses the director’s impact on institutional structures and future landscapes
  • Gives insights based on first-hand experience


Academic librarians, academic library directors, subject librarians, library managers, librarians working in special libraries, public librarians, graduate students and researchers in library and information science, students in MLIS courses, librarians aspiring to positions of leadership, library mentors, library mentees, university administrators, university management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Dr. Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian; Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    2. Dr. Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Deputy Provost, Collections & Scholarly Communication, Yale University 

    3. Dr. Gregory Eow, Associate Director for Collections, MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

    4. Virginia Steel, University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles

    5. Dr. Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University

    6. Dr. James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University Library, University of Michigan 

    7. Dr Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University

    8. Michael Gorman, University Librarian Emeritus, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno

    9. Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford  

    10. Mark Purcell, Deputy Director, Research Collections, Cambridge University Library 

    11. Jirka Kende, Director, Free University Berlin Library 

    12. Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, Director, Library of the Humboldt University of Berlin  

    13. Dr. Rafael Ball, Director of Library, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)

    14. Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director, TU Delft Library (Delft, Netherlands)

    15. Helen Shenton, University Librarian, Trinity College Dublin

    16. Diane Bruxvoort, University Librarian & Director, University of Aberdeen

    17. Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director, Stockholm University Library

    18. Philip Gregory Kent, University Librarian at the University of Melbourne

    19. Howard Amos, University Librarian, University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) 

    20. Qiang Zhu, Director, Peking University Library

    21. Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, University of Hong Kong

    22. Louise Jones, University Librarian, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    23. Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University  

    24. Dr. Buhle Mbambo-Thata, former Executive Director, Library Services, University of South Africa

    25. Christopher D. Barth, Librarian and Associate Dean, United States Military Academy  

    26. Daniel De Simone, Eric Weinmann Librarian, Folger Shakespeare Library 

    27. Dr. Linda Harris Mehr, Director, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 

    28. Dr. Dietrich Nelle, Director, German National Library of Medicine 

    29. Elena Ivanova, Head, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Scientific Library (Moscow)

    30. Professor Nikolay Kalenov, Director, Library for Natural Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences (LNS RAS)



Product details

  • No. of pages: 524
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2018
  • Published: December 1, 2018
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027479
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027462

About the Authors

Patrick Lo

Patrick Lo is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Bristol (U.K.), and has a Master of Arts in Design Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master of Library & Information Science from McGill University (Canada), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (Canada).

He also took part in a one-year academic exchange at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 1990-91. He is efficient in Chinese (both Cantonese and Putonghua), English and German. Dr. Patrick Lo has presented about 100 research papers and project reports focusing on librarianship, humanities, and education at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, etc., including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey, United States, and Sweden, and at institutions including the Library of Congress (U.S.), Austrian National Library (Vienna), University of Vienna, National Library of France (Paris), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), Konrad-Zuse-Center for Information Technology (Berlin), etc. His research interests and areas of specialty include: comparative studies in library and information science (LIS); art and design librarianship and information literacy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Dickson Chiu

Dickson Chiu currently teaches at the University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD, and MSc in Computer Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Chiu started his own computer company while studying part-time. He has published numerous papers in international journals and proceedings, edited over 15 books and proceedings, and is the founding Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering. His research interests include librarianship and cross-disciplinary approaches in information management involving workflows, software engineering, information technologies, management, security, and databases.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Allan Cho

Allan Cho is an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in the Humanities and Social Sciences division. His subject liaison areas include Digital Humanities, Asian Studies, English, and Library and Information Science. His work also supports the community engagement initiatives and cultural programming at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. He is also an instructor in the Department of Library and Information Technology at the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Cho holds MLIS, MA and M.Ed. degrees from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on digital media, digital humanities, and emerging technologies in libraries.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Canada

Brad Allard

Bradley Allard is currently a Reference and Outreach Librarian at the Clark County Public Library (Winchester, Kentucky). He received an MLIS from the University of Kentucky, an MA in Japanese Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Kentucky. He has also spent time studying in Japan as an exchange student particularly at the International Christian University and the University of Tsukuba. His research interests focus on services to disadvantaged groups in public libraries, services to international students, and the internationalization of academic libraries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clark County Public Library, Winchester, Kentucky, USA

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  • International L. Wed Sep 12 2018

    Why 1st edition and not volume 1?

    Interesting approach. Prominent names in the field. Many more to be featured in subsequent volumes.