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Librarianship in the 21st Century: Lessons in Leadership
IACRL 2010 Spring Conference (2010)
  • Rob Morrison, National-Louis University
  • Jack Fritts, Benedictine University
Many of the challenges librarians face in the 21st century have existed for years and reflect the nature of higher education and society in the United States. One issue the presenters have observed is that librarians, like many educators, react to rapidly changing systems, pressures, economics, and technologies by “balancing” workloads and budgets and not by deeply reflecting on how to change strategies in order to integrate themselves more fully into academic curricula, prove the library’s value to administrators, and develop meaningful services and resources. In order to thrive and survive, librarians must be proactive at their institutions in areas of governance, assessment, and teaching. Reacting to circumstances and environments is not a sustainable approach. The presenters will draw from their experiences at different institutions to illustrate successful examples of thriving in difficult situations and outline essential skills librarians must cultivate in the 21st century. Examples to be discussed include navigating curriculum development, university governance, academic quality improvement programs (AQIP), and scholarship in the digital age. The presenters will engage with the audience on relevant experiences and collectively address the question of how libraries can justify their existence in turbulent times.
  • 21st Century,
  • Leadership,
  • Libraries,
  • Thriving
Publication Date
March 26, 2010
Citation Information
Rob Morrison and Jack Fritts. "Librarianship in the 21st Century: Lessons in Leadership" IACRL 2010 Spring Conference (2010)
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