Visionary Leaders for Information

Visionary Leaders for Information

1st Edition - June 30, 2010

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  • Author: Arthur Winzenried
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781876938857
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634104

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This book examines the theory, behaviour, connections and issues of modern information organizations. Asking leading professionals where we may be in the near future, it challenges both our perceptions and preconceptions. Posing perhaps the most vital question of all… Are we prepared? Do we have a vision?


Information professionals and other knowledge managers

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements

    Introducing the author and contributors

    A note about the terminology


    Where have we come from?

    What happens next?

    Organisational challenge

    The library

    Leaders in libraries

    And so to the present work

    Chapter 1: Towards an organisational theory for information professionals

    Management and organisational theory

    Definitions of theory and organisation

    What is organisational theory?

    Theory and practice

    Evolution of management thought

    Moral purpose


    The notion of ‘power’

    Decision-making and problem-solving

    Teamwork and collaboration


    Case study – a distance education program for trainee teacher librarians

    Innovation and change

    Two leadership theories

    Charismatic leadership theory

    Transformational leadership theory

    In summary

    Chapter 2: Manager or leader?

    To do or not to do? (with apologies to Shakespeare)

    Leading and managing

    Leading from the middle

    Leadership styles

    Identifying needs

    Mobilising your followers

    Strategic planning

    Money matters

    Product review

    Chapter 3: The scenarios

    7:00 AM

    8:30 AM

    8:45 AM

    9:25 AM

    11:00 AM

    1:00 PM

    2:00 PM

    4:00 PM

    6:00 PM

    7:00 PM

    10:30 PM


    What does the revolution include?

    Rise and decline: school libraries

    Where are we heading now?


    Excerpt from student email that prompted the discussion

    Response from forum leader

    Response 1 to forum leader

    Response 2 to forum leader

    Chapter 4: Identifying the issues



    Change, complexity and chaos

    Democratisation of library

    Access and equity

    Quality staff

    Client focus



    Physical property – real

    Physical property – green

    Where next?


    Chapter 5: Conclusions

    Leading in a change ecology

    Flexible management and spaces

    Information literacy

    Relationships – a reprise

    Two final scenarios

    Exhibit 1 – the Outy

    Exhibit 2 – the Inny

    And finally …


Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: June 30, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781876938857
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634104

About the Author

Arthur Winzenried

Arthur Winzenried has taught in a wide variety of library and classroom settings from primary to teritary, and has been responsible for innovative developments in school ICT over a number of years. He is a frequent national and international speaker on knowledge management and is currently teaching in information systems at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Charles Sturt University, Australia

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