[Duraspace] Library leadership: Innovative options for designing training programmes to build leadership competencies in the digital age | de Boer | South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 10:57:40 SAST 2013

Library leaders may not be fully equipped to deal with the demands and
rigours of the digital age and its consumers. Theadvent of the internet,
search engines and social media require a paradigm shift in the development
of these leaders.Whilst much has been written about the required
competencies, there seems to be no clear guiding principle on how
thedevelopment should take place. The authors propose that the development
of library leaders is a process, best illustratedthrough movement through
Drotter’s Leadership Pipeline. The importance of thinking preferences,
based on Herrmann’sWhole Brain Model, is highlighted and it is shown how
these often clog development through this Pipeline. Utilising datafrom the
Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) assessments of the 120
participants in six of the Centre forAfrican Library Leadership (CALL)
development programmes, the authors show how the thinking preferences of
theselibrary leaders could enable or detract from their readiness to
develop the appropriate competencies in the digital age.Recommendations are
made on how best to overcome this to prepare library leaders to deal with
the requirements of thedigital age consumer.
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