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Preparing Tomorrow’s Library Managers: Exploring Leadership and Succession Planning at The University of the West Indies Libraries

Preparing Tomorrow’s Library Managers: Exploring Leadership and Succession Planning at The University of the West Indies Libraries
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Author(s): Evadne McLean (The University of the West Indies – Mona Campus, Jamaica), Mark-Shane Scale (The University of the West Indies – Mona Campus, Jamaica) and Margaret D. Rouse-Jones (The University of the West Indies – St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 41
Source title: Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kiyomi D. Deards (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Gene R. Springs (The Ohio State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5812-7.ch009

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Abstract

This chapter reports on a study of leadership development and succession planning at The University of the West Indies Libraries. The research shows that in the absence of formal succession planning, leadership training takes place in tandem with the staff appraisal and career development process. The annual appraisal and assessment system provides the opportunity for staff who aspire to leadership positions to be guided in their career development and thus be better prepared when vacancies arise. The benefits provided to academic, senior administrative and professional staff—for example, funding for travel and professional activities, special leave for scholarly pursuits and other career development opportunities—are utilised by librarians to advance their careers. The chapter highlights the importance of strict adherence by library administration to the annual appraisal and assessment processes and staff use of organisational support for career development as integral components in leadership development and succession planning and implementation.

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