Leadership in Academic and Public Libraries

1st Edition

A Time of Change

Authors: Petra Düren
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346906
eBook ISBN: 9781780633398
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th September 2013
Page Count: 216
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Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables
  • Preface
  • About the author
  • Part 1: Change management
  • Chapter 1: Change management in libraries
  • Abstract.
  • 1.1 Why change management?
  • 1.2 Structure of the book
  • Chapter 2: Change management
  • Abstract.
  • 2.1 Change management in general
  • 2.2 Phases of a change process
  • 2.3 Elements of change management
  • Part 2: Change management in practice
  • Chapter 3: When does change need change management?
  • Abstract.
  • 3.1 Case studies of change projects in academic and public libraries
  • 3.2 Change projects described by leaders
  • 3.3 Asking change managers for another view on change projects
  • Chapter 4: Implementation of a library RFID management system
  • Abstract.
  • 4.1 Implementation of a library RFID management system in an academic library
  • 4.2 Implementation of a library RFID management system in public libraries
  • Chapter 5: Merging libraries and implementing quality management
  • Abstract.
  • 5.1 Merger of three public libraries including a relocation process
  • 5.2 Implementing a quality management system in an academic library
  • 5.3 Merger of two academic libraries using the quality management system as a tool to support the transition
  • 5.4 Merger of academic libraries and an implementation of TQM with a certification process followed by a reorganisation including downsizing
  • Chapter 6: Relocation processes and reduction of space
  • Abstract.
  • 6.1 Relocation of a public library
  • 6.2 Reduction of space in academic libraries
  • Chapter 7: Changes in the management of a library
  • Abstract.
  • 7.1 Changes resulting from the announcement of a new director in an academic library
  • 7.2 Management restructuring across the whole organisation fo


In a time when libraries have to face constant change, this book provides examples and advises on how to lead when change is needed (for example, when quality management is implemented or when libraries have to merge or to relocate). Engaging with how constant change affects leadership in libraries and how leaders in libraries act in times of change, this book is aimed at practitioners and students of Library and Information Science (LIS) alike, and is based on both theory and expert interviews from leaders in academic and public libraries that are in the midst, or are now coming out of a process of change.

Key Features

  • Provides practical solutions for real change situations and problems in libraries
  • Includes expert interviews
  • Written by a professor with nine years experience as a member the management team for the German National Library of Science and Technology


Staff at all managerial levels within academic and public libraries


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"...case studies form the bulk of the book, with other chapters on change management theory, analysis of the case studies for what can go wrong, new leadership styles and tasks, and tips for managing libraries in time of change."--Australian Library Journal,September 2 2014

About the Authors

Petra Düren Author

Petra Düren is Professor for Management of Library and Information Services at the Hamburg University of Applied Science. Prior to this, Petra was Head of Department at the German National Library of Science and Technology and the University Library Hannover (TIB/UB), member of Library Management and responsible for corporate management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany