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Leading From the Front: Future Ready Librarians

Leading From the Front: Future Ready Librarians
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Author(s): Nkem Ekene Osuigwe (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 21
Source title: Managing and Adapting Library Information Services for Future Users
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nkem Ekene Osuigwe (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1116-9.ch001

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Abstract

Technological advances, climate change, economic turbulence, and global demographics are bringing about rapid changes in every sphere of human existence. Multiculturalism and diversities are changing the makeup of many communities as migrations increase. Access to information is a click away on mobile devices. Leadership is critical especially in seasons of change. Libraries need to flow with the ebb or even better stay ahead of the crowd in the field of providing access to information. As the information provision sector continues to develop and evolve, libraries need visionary and focused leadership that would be courageous, fearless and strategic, committed, creative, and innovative to not only adapt to change but to lead change in providing access to information to their different user communities. Effective leadership is the core driver for growth and development in organizations including libraries. Self-development, disruptive thinking, global mindset, and ability to build social capital are highlighted among others as needful qualities for future ready library leaders.

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