Library Leadership in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Study of Academic and Public Libraries
231 pages • 7 x 10
Why do leaders in library and information science (LIS) need to know leadership theories? What can knowledge about theories contribute to improved leadership in the real world, and how is leadership defined in the United States as compared to the countries of Europe? The topic of leadership theory and the related subject of defining the role of the library director is of critical importance to leaders in academic and public libraries across the nation, particularly in light of continuing budget problems and funding cutbacks.
This book is the first to examine library and information science leadership in the United States and throughout Europe, providing a critical analysis and comparison of leadership in America versus in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Library Leadership in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Study of Academic and Public Libraries discusses prevalent leadership theories, practices, and literature, exploring issues with broad implications thematically and across different countries. After an introduction that overviews leadership, leadership theories, and influences of national culture and related concepts, the authors examine leadership in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe as a whole, and selected European countries, highlighting differences and shared characteristics. The latter half of the work focuses on selected themes such as management and accountability and discusses an international research agenda.
This unique book will appeal to a broad range of readers: school library educators and teachers of relevant classes dealing with change management, organizational development, international librarianship, and leadership; researchers in the areas of leadership and international librarianship; as well as LIS students in general.
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