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Dynamic Leadership and Management of Libraries/Learning Commons


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Lecture presented by Ana Maria B. Fresnido at PAARL Seminar- workshop with the theme "Managing Today’s Learning Commons: Re-Skilling Seminar for Information Professionals" held on September 20-22, 2016 at the Crown Legacy Hotel, Kisad Road, Baguio City.

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Dynamic Leadership and Management of Libraries/Learning Commons

  1. 1. by Ana Maria B. Fresnido, DLSU Libraries Managing Today’s Learning Commons: Re-skilling Seminar for Information Professionals 20-22 September 2016 Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City
  2. 2. demonstrate the library vaues to the university community operate the library under fiscal uncertainty retrofit outdated library facilities to accommodate new services strike a balance between digital and print materials keep the library staff trained and current Binh, P.L. (2015)
  3. 3. Attributes Source Collaboration skills Binh, P.L. Communication skills Binh, P.L. Chow, A.S. & Rich, M. Creativity Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Delegation Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Empathy Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Flexibility Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Integrity Binh, P.L. Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Management skills Binh, P.L. Passion Chow, A.S. & Rich, M Vision Binh, P.L. Chow, A.S. & Rich, M
  4. 4. Be a visionary Understand the library and university environment and articulate a vision based on them. Conduct constant environmental scanning Set a clear direction Take strategic action Persuade and guide others to a strategic vision and the goals and objectives
  5. 5. THEN NOW
  6. 6. Be honest – sharing information and transparency Be trustworthy – treat people fairly Be a thought-leader (authoritative and influential) Have integrity/honesty/trustworthiness/authenticity Be responsible steward of financial, human, and tangible (facilities and collections) resources
  7. 7. Have excellent communication skills (oral and written) Be a good listener Listen more and talk less Be willing to accept criticism Have good negotiation skills
  8. 8. Good management skills (personnel management, budgeting, time management, planning, etc.) Apply business concepts and practices to improve library experience Make difficult decisions about core mission and priorities within the library Presence – be the face of the library and share this role with other library staff Monitor the trends and predict their impact on the library
  9. 9. Collaborate Build collaborative relationships to leverage institutional resources to advance the library Have the ability to seek out partners and to collaborate Build teams – internal and external collaboration Have a consultative approach, including the ability to work well with others
  10. 10.  AUNILO, Libraries of ASEAN University Network  South Manila Educational Consortium in the Philippines  American Corners  European Studies Consortium  Inter-University Consortium  CEAP  Consortium of Engineering Libraries, Philippines (CELPh)  DOST-ESEP
  11. 11. Bibliographic Control Public Programs and Events/Facilities Management Information Literacy Collection Development Community Engagement Internship (on- the-job training)/Staff Development Knowledge Management Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Project Monitoring Accreditation Facilites
  12. 12. De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), Library Committee •De La Salle Philippines is committed to building up educational communities that demonstrate commitment to young people, especially those who are poor, by providing them with access to a human and Christian education that enables them to participate in the transformation of society. National Library of the Philippines. Children’s Library •The Children's Library promotes the importance and enjoyment of reading to the Filipino children and young adults. [Activities carried out include the following]: storytelling, read aloud, puppet shows, arts and crafts, films showing, Kidsmart Program (Computer software), educational tour, and outreach program The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines •a non-profit, national human rights organization concerned with documenting human rights violations, assisting the victims and their families in their material and legal needs, and conducting human rights education work. Linguistic Society of the Philippines •An organization that rallies for the development of Philippine linguistic research and its contribution to the wider global academic community.
  13. 13. • Ability to balance head and heart • Focus on maintaining a positive environment • Helping people reach their potential as professionals • Operating as a “people person” with a “kind heart” Compassionate with the staff
  14. 14. • Being sensitive to the needs of the community • Showing respect for all people regardless of socio economic status • Good sense of humor Empathy towards patrons
  15. 15. Be open to change, not too rigid Remain versatile Commit to lifelong learning Stay current with existing and new trends Be approachable and committed to customers Be prepared to do something completely different than what was planned to accommodate patrons with flexibility and humility
  16. 16. Recognize different areas of responsibility, delegate appropriately Be comfortable with your role, not threatened; let others use their talents
  17. 17. Try new things Take risks Continue learning Solve problems creatively
  18. 18. Self check-out machine Self–service printing Benefits • Maximized staff time • Saved on the cost of constructing new/additional counters • Reduced paper waste • Reduced complaints • Introduce new trend (i.e. self-service) Self–service photocopying (in the pipeline)
  19. 19. Being mentored by other leaders Finding a mentor who has the skills you seek Talking to other leaders, engaging in discussion, and learning from them Observing leaders who you feel are particularly effective, either in the library or elsewhere Identifying what characteristics make this person an effective leader and assessing yourself for those characteristics
  20. 20. Christine M. Abrigo Asst. Director for Operations Marian R. Eclevia Asst. Director for Support Services
  21. 21. Focus on learning how to be a better leader Participate in leadership programs Pursue other advance degrees (MBA, EdD, PhD) Participate in webinars, conference sessions, etc. Be a student of the leadership literature
  22. 22. Have experience – e.g. working in more than one institution Experiment – try something new Practice “mindful leadership” – be focused and thoughtful Get out of your comfort zone Practice – deal with difficult question involving human resource, budget, strategic planning, etc.
  23. 23. Seek leadership roles, especially on campus Be active in professional organizations Pursue leadership roles within the library for internal projects or initiatives Look for opportunities to lead in professional organizations Offer service to the college in the form of committee work or by assisting student groups
  24. 24. Develop a personal mission and value statement (your priorities and core beliefs) as well as a clear sense of WHY Be self-aware and reflective Share your thoughts with colleagues and supervisors, assess how those ideas and thoughts are received, and determine if you need to modify or change your manner of presenting yourself Consult experts (e.g. management coach) Submit to a 360 leadership evaluation to get honest feedback from staff on the quality of leadership
  25. 25. Binh, P. L. (2015). Academic library leadership in the digital age. Library Management, Vol. 36 Iss 4/5, pp. 300-314 Chow, A.S. & Rich, M. (2013). The ideal qualities and tasks of library leaders: perspectives of academic, public, school, and special library administrators. Library Leadership & Management, Vol. 27 Iss ½, pp. 1-24.