Leadership in Academic and Public Libraries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346906, 9781780633398

Leadership in Academic and Public Libraries

1st Edition

A Time of Change

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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 for a less hierarchical structure in an academic library
  • Chapter 8: Case studies of change projects described by change managers
  • Abstract.
  • 8.1 Implementation of a library RFID management system in a public library
  • 8.2 Merger of an academic library with an information service provider
  • 8.3 Change as day-to-day business in an academic library
  • Part 3: Change management and leadership
  • Chapter 9: Change – what can go wrong and how to do it right
  • Abstract.
  • 9.1 Leaders
  • 9.2 Staff
  • 9.3 Goals
  • 9.4 Time
  • Chapter 10: What kind of leadership does change management need?
  • Abstract.
  • 10.1 New aspects of leadership in reference to change management
  • 10.2 New leaders as a result of change
  • Chapter 11: Leaders as change managers
  • Abstract.
  • 11.1 Change managers/change agents
  • 11.2 Transformational leadership
  • 11.3 Transactional leadership
  • Chapter 12: Useful tips for the management of libraries in times of change
  • Abstract.
  • 12.1 Opportunities during the change process
  • 12.2 Communication – say it loud and clear
  • 12.3 There are people working in the team(s) or department(s) affected by a deliberate large-scale change
  • 12.4 Change management
  • 12.5 Learning throughout the change process
  • 12.6 Scheduling
  • 12.7 Things that can’t be changed
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index


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

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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