Many of us wrestle with finding ways to balance reflective professional practice with the demand to react and respond to change. While technology is certainly responsible for much of this, so, too, is globalization. Both have led to fundamental changes in how education is viewed and practiced. Libraries, of all types, operate within this sphere. As citizens become increasingly subject to the effects of privatization and transparency, it is critical for library professionals to explore the possible spaces that libraries will occupy in the future. This session will examine how intellectualism and reflective practice are essential tools for library leadership in all settings, and for developing effective ways to evolve our support for the informed citizen.Program Take-Aways:
- Participants will identify factors that shape the present library context in order to consider ways in which “change” and “leadership” are understood.
- Participants will learn how reflexive practice can introduce new ways of understanding how we might cope with change and an uncertain future. This will include an exploration and discussion of the conflation of the terms leadership and management and its implications.