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Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources

Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources
Author(s)/Editor(s): Kiyomi D. Deards (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Gene R. Springs (The Ohio State University, USA)
Copyright: ©2014
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5812-7
ISBN13: 9781466658127
ISBN10: 1466658126
EISBN13: 9781466658134


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As the baby boomer generation begins to retire, the focus shifts to the next generation of global leaders in diverse industries. Within the field of library science, succession planning has become a topic of interest to ensure the success of future libraries as the workforce shifts and enable up-and-coming leaders.

Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources provides valuable insight into the process of implementing succession planning in libraries. This book delves into the challenges and possibilities of a succession plan’s effect on the success of library organizations. Human resources officers, library administrators, academicians, and students will find this book beneficial to furthering their understanding of current practice in succession planning.

Reviews and Testimonials

Numerous factors have contributed to the challenges of libraries to continue providing services to their users. Among the most critical of those challenges is attracting and retaining talent to lead organizations into the future. This volume delves into many aspects of the profession: employment; leadership development; work-life balance; and career progression. Relatively little has been written about succession planning in libraries, yet the time is here for organizations to seriously think about transitional leadership.

– Brian Doherty, Dean of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, New College of Florida

Succession planning is a highly relevant issue in present-day librarianship as a generation of librarians reaches retirement. Economic cutbacks make the issue even more relevant to the future of the profession. This book raises many questions, offers suggestions and guidance, but does not propose all the answers. The variety of perspectives and topics combines to make a whole picture. This volume is recommended to anyone with an interest in succession planning in libraries.

– Catherine Gilbert, Parliament of Australia Library, Australian Library Journal, 64(2)

Author's/Editor's Biography

Kiyomi Deards (Ed.)
Kiyomi Deards has been an Assistant Professor and Science Librarian with the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2010. She is currently the subject librarian for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Deards serves on the University Judicial Board, the ALA NMRT mentoring committee, the ACRL 2013 volunteers committee, and UNL Libraries’ data curation committee. Deards has presented at ALA, ACRL, and Science Online on a variety of topics including: succession planning in academic libraries, developing communities of practice, marketing yourself in science, data discoverability, and promoting open access repositories. Her research interests include issues of equity and management in libraries and science.

Gene Springs (Ed.)
Gene R. Springs is currently the Business Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries in Columbus, OH. Previously, he served as the Business Information Services Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, NJ, and as the Web Services Librarian at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Gene received his B.A. in English and his M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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