Succession Planning in Canadian Academic Libraries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081001462, 9780128023723

Succession Planning in Canadian Academic Libraries

1st Edition

Authors: Janneka Guise
eBook ISBN: 9780128023723
Paperback ISBN: 9780081001462
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 6th October 2015
Page Count: 124
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Succession Planning in Canadian Academic Libraries explores the current Canadian academic library environment, and the need for succession planning in that environment. The literature review demonstrates the lack of reported succession planning activities in Canadian academic libraries. Site visits and in-depth interviews with professional librarians at six libraries across Canada highlight best practices and barriers to succession planning. These best practices and barriers are addressed in individual chapters, with tips and strategies for library leaders.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the Canadian academic library
  • Includes a comprehensive literature review on succession planning in academic libraries
  • Provides evidence-based approach to why succession planning is or is not happening in Canadian academic libraries


Academic librarians, information professionals, managers and students

Table of Contents

  • List of tables
  • About the author
  • 1. Introduction
    • Thesis
    • The Canadian academic library landscape
    • Canadian Association of Research Libraries
    • What is succession planning?
    • The changing role of the academic librarian
  • 2. Literature review
    • Corporate succession planning
    • Library succession planning
    • Elements of succession planning
    • Summary
  • 3. Methodology
    • Part one: online survey
    • Part two: on-site interviews
    • Appendix 1
    • Appendix 2
  • 4. Themes
    • The participants
    • The libraries
    • The themes
    • Summary
  • 5. Best practices
    • Preliminary planning
    • Identifying participants and conducting the talent review
    • Implementation, training, and feedback
    • Summary
  • 6. Barriers
    • Budget
    • Transparency and fairness
    • Organizational structure as a barrier
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Changing roles of librarians/archivists/libraries
    • Summary
  • 7. Implications
    • Preliminary planning
    • Identifying participants and conducting the talent review
    • Implementation, training, and feedback
    • The end and the beginning
    • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • References and further reading
  • Index


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About the Author

Janneka Guise

Janneka Guise is currently Head of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She has worked in large and small academic libraries across Canada since 1999. She has a Master of Music (University of Western Ontario) and a Master of Library and Information Studies (University of Alberta). In 2011 she completed the Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership from the University of Victoria, Canada. She has been involved in Strategic Planning and Program Assessment throughout her career, and her current interests include Developmental Evaluation, Innovation in Libraries and Succession Planning. She was Guest Editor for the December 2011 issue of the Canadian Library Association’s Feliciter, on the topic of “Boomers Busting Out”. This book is the product of work conducted during a Research Study Leave from the University of Manitoba Libraries in 2013-2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library, University of Manitoba, Canada.

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