On academic leadership

No, the purpose of this post isn’t to reveal the secrets of successful academic leadership. If I had those, believe you me I’d be writing this from my villa on the French Riviera.

However, I am heading off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education‘s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in Boston next week where I hope to be a least a little more enlightened and educated along that path.

Not surprisingly I’ve been watching the blogosphere these last few months for insightful posts and articles about academic leadership, in particular academic library leadership. I’ve found a few and I thought I’d share them with you.

First of all, though, I’d like to mention what the course textbook is. It’s Reframing Academic Leadership by Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos. It a very good book with both practical and theoretical approaches to leadership that I find quite interesting. What’s really useful is that is situates the challenges of leadership within the unique environment of collegial governance, the demands of research/teaching/service and a tenured professoriat/librarian complement. It’s well worth reading. I hope to get around to a more detailed review later in the summer.

Anyways, here’s some of the things I’ve found over the last little while. It’s all on the open web so I’m sure there’s lots of books and articles that would be useful that I haven’t linked to. It’s worth noting that I didn’t only look for stuff on leadership but also ideas that are useful for leaders or potential leaders.

Of course, please feel free to suggest additional resources in the comments, either on the free web or other books and articles that you might know of.

I’ll only add one post of my own that I think might be useful: A stealth librarianship manifesto.

There are a few blogs that are more-or-less required reading for me on academic library leadership, again not just because they’re about leadership but because they have ideas that are useful to leaders or potential leaders:

I’m sure there are others — suggestions are always welcome.

It’s worth noting that my some of my hesitations and doubts about thought leadership apply to the domain of academic leadership as well, but different, of course. It something that’s important and that needs to be embraced to be able to move forward and grow but that we also need to be careful and critical about. Perhaps I’ll explore those in detail at a later time.

Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog!…..actually now i have a clue of all what it means by being a science librarian.

  2. #2 jambina
    July 29, 2011

    i can’t wait to hear how the leadership institute goes and your plans for world domination ; )

  3. #3 Ann
    July 30, 2011

    Thanks for the thoughtful post and links to many helpful resources. I hope that you’ll be posting a review and summary of the Harvard Leadership Institute. I’ve had that on my list of possible events to try to attend for quite a while and would like to learn more.

  4. #4 Andy Burkhardt
    August 13, 2011

    Thanks for linking to my post John. I would love to hear how the Leadership Institute went. I just got back from the New England Library Leadership Symposium where Maureen Sullivan was the facilitator. It was spectacular and she recommended the Harvard Institute to folks there. I hope you write a post about your experience at it.

  5. #5 John Dupuis
    August 15, 2011

    Andy, Ann, jambina, the institute was a terrific experience. And yes, I do hope to blog a bit about it later this week.

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