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University Library
as Institutional Change Agent
Elizabeth L. Paul, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
S...
The Higher Education Landscape
American higher education has become … increasingly
risk-averse, at times self-satisfied, a...
One University in the National Higher
Education Landscape
• Stetson University
– A private university with four locations ...
One University in the National Higher
Education Landscape
• Libraries
– duPont-Ball Library
• Multidisciplinary
• Supports...
One University in the National Higher
Education Landscape
University Renewal

Whynotunlimited.com
The Critical Role of the University
Library and Library Leaders in
University Renewal
• University libraries are more refl...
The Critical Roles of Library Leaders
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educa...
Change Agents and Path Makers
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Ne...
Library Leaders as Change Agents and
Path Makers
• Adaptive Leaders
– Constant business model adaptation
• Demand-driven a...
Innovators
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Innov...
Library Leaders as Innovators
• Proactive vs. reactive
– New tools
– Integration of technology
– Academic innovation
– “In...
Educators
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Innova...
Library Leaders as Educators
• Experts in learning
• Informants about students as learners
– Front line interaction and ob...
Hosts
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Innovators...
Library Leaders as Hosts
• Sense of place
• Place for wonder, expanding one’s
mind, transformation
• Place for intellectua...
Library Leaders as Hosts
• Sense of community, belonging, wellness
Library Leaders as Hosts
• Place for innovation, intellectual play and
experimentation
• Reinforce intellectual identity a...
Success Coaches
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

...
Library Leaders as Success Coaches
• Learning Commons
– Student Success partnership

• Integrated Success Coach model
– Ke...
Neutral
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Innovato...
Library Leaders as Neutral
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“Safe,” “trusted,” “apolitical”
Integrated / central in University
The role of librari...
Collaborators and Bridges
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutra...
Library Leaders as Collaborators and
Bridges
• Collaborators
– Coalition builders – inside and outside of the University
–...
Integrators
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Inno...
Library Leaders as Integrators
• Integrators
– Place for interdisciplinary percolation
– Teacher-scholar integration
– Cul...
Role Models
Success
Coaches

Role models

Integrators

Bridges

Path Makers
Change
Agents

Educators

Neutral

Hosts

Inno...
Library Leaders as Role Models
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Curious – thinking ahead – looking into the future
Risk-takers
Path-makers
Univers...
Library Personnel Models for
University Adaptive Leadership
• Faculty vs. staff
• Tenure vs. non-tenure-track/term-limited...
What Provosts Want Librarians to Know, Beth Paul, Stetson University
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What Provosts Want Librarians to Know, Beth Paul, Stetson University

  1. 1. University Library as Institutional Change Agent Elizabeth L. Paul, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Stetson University Charleston Conference November 8, 2013
  2. 2. The Higher Education Landscape American higher education has become … increasingly risk-averse, at times self-satisfied, and unduly expensive. It is an enterprise that has yet to address the fundamental issues of how academic programs and institutions must be transformed to serve the changing educational needs of a knowledge economy. It has yet to successfully confront the impact of globalization, rapidly evolving technologies, an increasingly diverse and aging population, and an evolving marketplace characterized by new needs and new paradigms. – Commission on the Future of Higher Education, 2006
  3. 3. One University in the National Higher Education Landscape • Stetson University – A private university with four locations in Central Florida – 2700 undergraduate students / 1400 graduate students (1000 law) – Primarily residential – Four Colleges/Schools: Liberal learning core – Character of learning: rigor, relationship, responsibility
  4. 4. One University in the National Higher Education Landscape • Libraries – duPont-Ball Library • Multidisciplinary • Supports undergraduate and graduate programs in College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, School of Business Administration – Dolly and Homer Hand Law Library • Unidisciplinary • Supports College of Law graduate programs • Tampa Law Center Library (satellite)
  5. 5. One University in the National Higher Education Landscape
  6. 6. University Renewal Whynotunlimited.com
  7. 7. The Critical Role of the University Library and Library Leaders in University Renewal • University libraries are more reflective than academic departments of what society needs from higher education – Interdisciplinarity – Multiple literacies – Swimming vs. drowning in information – Nimbleness, risk-taking, adaptability
  8. 8. The Critical Roles of Library Leaders Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  9. 9. Change Agents and Path Makers Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  10. 10. Library Leaders as Change Agents and Path Makers • Adaptive Leaders – Constant business model adaptation • Demand-driven acquisitions; ebooks – Proactive vs. reactive – Innovative and resourceful – Future oriented – leading vs. lagging
  11. 11. Innovators Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  12. 12. Library Leaders as Innovators • Proactive vs. reactive – New tools – Integration of technology – Academic innovation – “Inciters” – under guise of service provision, introduce new strategies and resources as triggers for pedagogical or research advancement
  13. 13. Educators Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  14. 14. Library Leaders as Educators • Experts in learning • Informants about students as learners – Front line interaction and observation • Faculty and staff development
  15. 15. Hosts Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  16. 16. Library Leaders as Hosts • Sense of place • Place for wonder, expanding one’s mind, transformation • Place for intellectual interaction and celebration
  17. 17. Library Leaders as Hosts • Sense of community, belonging, wellness
  18. 18. Library Leaders as Hosts • Place for innovation, intellectual play and experimentation • Reinforce intellectual identity as part of a life well lived
  19. 19. Success Coaches Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  20. 20. Library Leaders as Success Coaches • Learning Commons – Student Success partnership • Integrated Success Coach model – Key role in retention and progression • Student employer / career developer – Transferability of librarian skills – Students as active leaders of innovation in library
  21. 21. Neutral Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  22. 22. Library Leaders as Neutral • • • • “Safe,” “trusted,” “apolitical” Integrated / central in University The role of librarian faculty in shared governance Neutral role in curriculum development (disciplinary, interdisciplinary, General Education) • The role of library dean on the senior academic leadership team
  23. 23. Collaborators and Bridges Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  24. 24. Library Leaders as Collaborators and Bridges • Collaborators – Coalition builders – inside and outside of the University – Mutually-beneficial consortial agreements • Bridges – To new information/knowledge – Between people / entities – New student / faculty socializers • Dean meetings – prospective faculty • Personal librarians – all new students • Establish partnership for learning right from the beginning
  25. 25. Integrators Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  26. 26. Library Leaders as Integrators • Integrators – Place for interdisciplinary percolation – Teacher-scholar integration – Culture change agents – reducing boundaries, silos – Academic and Student Affairs
  27. 27. Role Models Success Coaches Role models Integrators Bridges Path Makers Change Agents Educators Neutral Hosts Innovators Collaborators
  28. 28. Library Leaders as Role Models • • • • Curious – thinking ahead – looking into the future Risk-takers Path-makers University stewards – Mission – unique recognition of interdependence of all components – Resources – responsible management • Assessment – use of data for continuous improvement, innovation, and fiscal responsibility • Strategic choices – clarity of purpose and goals
  29. 29. Library Personnel Models for University Adaptive Leadership • Faculty vs. staff • Tenure vs. non-tenure-track/term-limited faculty • Director vs. dean • Imperative of professional development, renewal, leadership development

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