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Library Leadership in the Internet Age


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Opening Keynote for the 2018 PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) given on 6/3. This presentation focuses on the five actions (i.e. Act, Communicate, Empower, Enable, & Unify) that every leader should take when facing a difficult situation.

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Library Leadership in the Internet Age

  1. 1. Library Leadership in the Internet Age the What, Why, & How John D. Shank Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons @ the Thun Library 2018 Pennsylvania Academy of Leadership Studies This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international license. Please note that some materials used in this presentation have more restrictive licenses..
  2. 2. When you think about leadership what words come to mind?
  3. 3. A Formal Definition What
  4. 4. Why Scarcity Abundance
  5. 5. How A Case Study The unexpected closure of the library for an indeterminate amount of time in the middle of the Fall Semester while the rest of the campus operates as usual.
  6. 6. Leadership Takeaways Act Identify Challenges
  7. 7. Leadership Takeaways Empower Find Solutions ...but don’t let perfect be the enemy of good
  8. 8. Leadership Takeaways Communicate “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George B. Shaw
  9. 9. Leadership Takeaways Encourage Stay Relentlessly Positive …focus on what you can control
  10. 10. Leadership Takeaways Unify Remember that Together, Everyone Achieves More
  11. 11. Leadership on the ‘Far Side’ 1. Act 2. Empower 3. Communicate 4. Encourage 5. Unify What did they do right? What did they get wrong?
  12. 12. “Leadership is as Leadership does.” - Forrest Gump “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda
  13. 13. PALS Self-Reflection Think of a future priority, goal, or opportunity and apply the five leadership actions.
  14. 14. John D. Shank
  15. 15. Image Attributions ● Slide # 1 Andy Saxton ● Slide # 5 Victor Korniyenko ● Slide # 5 George Hodan ● Slide # 7 Quinn Dombrowski ● Slide # 9 Brian.Abeling ● Slide # 10 Teak Sato