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Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081027462, 9780081027479

Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors

1st Edition

International Perspectives on Library Management

Authors: Patrick Lo Dickson Chiu Allan Cho Brad Allard
Paperback ISBN: 9780081027462
eBook ISBN: 9780081027479
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 7th December 2018
Page Count: 524
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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)




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


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"This book appeals to library leaders and those who aspire to library leadership, but it also provides useful insights into the future of libraries for any library professional or library student. The book is neatly structured, with each chapter dedicated to one library director and taking an easy-to-read question-and-answer format." --Hong Kong Library Association News

"The role, function, place and design of libraries has changed and continues to evolve as definitions of and conceptions about knowledge, information, and texts shift. In the midst of this shifting universe, this timely volume offers a unique opportunity to learn from a veritable who’s who in library management from some of the best universities and institutions of higher education in the world. Each author in this collection speaks with insight and authority, bringing rich experiences and deep understanding from multiple perspectives and nations to bear on ever-complex questions of what it means to learn and know in the 21stcentury." --Prof A. Lin Goodwin, Dean, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

"In an era of information acceleration that the world has never seen, this book provides fascinating insights from the front line professionals about how they navigated the transformation and mastered the management of university collections and research libraries. By reading each case across so many countries, one can begin to see the global story of how a profession has sustained and improved the essential service to students, scholars, and scientists amidst challenges never imagined in the pre-cyber age. The authors and contributors should be congratulated for this collection of personal experience based on years of leadership and professional practice." --Prof Gerald A. Postiglione, Chair Professor of Studies in Higher Education

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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