Leadership in Libraries

Leadership in Libraries

A Focus on Ethnic-Minority Librarians

1st Edition - February 23, 2012

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  • Author: Maha Kumaran
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633084

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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.

Key Features

  • Presents information on learning and developing leadership skills
  • Assesses current and relevant statistical data on minority librarians in Canada, US and UK
  • Explores information on leadership related courses offered in library schools


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Managers, supervisors, directors and deans of higher education institutions

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations



    About the author


    What is ethnic-minority leadership?

    Who are visible minorities?

    Focus of this book

    Diversity in diversity

    Minority leadership

    Literature on minority leadership in libraries


    Chapter 1: Leadership as defined by culture, profession and gender


    Leadership and culture

    What is culture?

    How does culture shape a person?

    What is cultural intelligence?

    What is social intelligence?

    What is emotional intelligence?

    Leadership and occupation

    Can leadership be taught?

    Managers as leaders

    Leadership and discrimination

    Women and leadership

    So what is leadership?

    Chapter 2: Managers and leaders


    Who are leaders?

    Who are managers?

    The origin of managers or management

    The evolvement of management

    Are there differences between managers and leaders?


    Libraries and their leaders and managers

    Motivating ethnic minorities

    Leaders and motivation

    What is motivation and how does one motivate others?

    Team motivation

    Classical theory

    Early behavioral theory

    Contemporary motivation theories

    Chapter 3: Leadership styles


    What is leadership style?

    Theories of leadership

    Styles that work

    Factors in leadership style

    Do women leaders have a different leadership style?

    Chapter 4: Leadership skills


    Time management and being organized

    Communication skills and cultural differences

    Kinds of communication

    Electronic communication

    Language and communication

    Critical thinking skills

    Conceptual and decision-making skills

    Fiscal skills

    Technical skills

    Human relations skills (or people skills)

    Chapter 5: Leadership in school, public, and academic libraries in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia


    School libraries and leadership

    Lack of applications from school librarians

    Public libraries and leadership

    What are public libraries doing about ethnic-minority leadership?

    Leadership programs for public librarians

    How can leadership help public librarians?

    Leadership in academic libraries

    Leadership programs for ethnic-minority librarians in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia

    Statistically speaking

    Ethnic-minority librarians survey

    Survey for deans and directors of libraries

    Survey for deans and directors of library schools

    Chapter 6: Conclusion


    Bad leadership

    Appendix A: questions for ethnic-minority librarians

    Appendix B: questions for deans and directors of libraries

    Appendix C: questions for deans and directors of library schools


Product details

  • No. of pages: 212
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: February 23, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633084

About the Author

Maha Kumaran

Maha Kumaran is currently the Liaison Librarian for the Colleges of Nursing and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. As the liaison librarian she collaborates with faculty to teach undergraduate and graduate students. Students from the College of Nursing are located all over the province, the country and beyond. Depending on the locality of the students, she either teaches in-person or via Web-Ex, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate or by using the Remote Desktop Connection. She has recorded videos using Camtasia and has made it available for students through her nursing research guide. She would like to continue to explore how best to teach nursing students in a distributed learning environment. Her academic interests are in the area of multiculturalism, minorities and currently distributed learning environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Liaison Librarian for the Colleges of Nursing and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

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