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Exemplary public library branch managers: Their characteristics and effectiveness
Library Management (2011)
  • Ken Haycock, San Jose State University

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to revisit a study that identifies the characteristics that contribute to perceptions by local politicians, library board members, library leaders and colleagues of what makes a public library branch manager “exemplary”.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is an in-depth study that draws upon a survey questionnaire and 120 interviews with multiple stakeholders, supervisors, peers and branch managers from two large public library systems in the Greater Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) area and peer members of the Ontario (Canada) Library Association. Branch managers also completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment instrument for personality type and temperament profiling.

Findings – Survey results collectively described the exemplary branch manager as a flexible individual with best-practice management know-how and the emotional intelligence needed to motivate and bring others along. The exemplary branch manager has a strong tendency toward extraverted behaviors.

Practical implications – Knowledge can be leveraged to improve graduate school curriculum, career planning, recruitment, and staff training and development to enhance the effectiveness of public library branch managers as perceived by community and library leaders.

Originality/value – The paper provides perceptual, behavioral and psychometric evidence that incorporates perspectives of community leaders, colleagues and staff needed to identify core competencies for public library branch managers.

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Ken Haycock. "Exemplary public library branch managers: Their characteristics and effectiveness" Library Management Vol. 32 Iss. 4/5 (2011)
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