The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Monday, June 6 • 14:00 - 15:30
Parallel Session 1B (Preparing for the workforce, skills development) Leading from the Side: The Role of Middle and Project Managers in Leadership Development

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As senior leaders retire from academic libraries across North America, the profession is experiencing significant change and new opportunities for growth. Preparing the next generation of library leaders is crucial to the success and sustainability of our organizations. This paper will consider the role of middle managers and project managers in the leadership development of their peers.

Leading from the side or from middle management, with varying levels of authority, presents a variety of unique challenges and opportunities. Middle managers have frequent, direct contact with librarians and, through performance management, have opportunities to facilitate the professional and leadership development of their colleagues. Project managers have opportunities to work with colleagues at varying stages in their careers and across departments, broadening their network of influence. These leaders can build and sustain a culture where team members and direct reports are empowered to experiment with new initiatives and are encouraged to learn from successes and failures.

This paper will discuss how leaders in the middle of the organizational structure can help develop the leadership skills of their peers and direct reports through mentorship, peer-training, delegation, formal development programs, informal cohorts, and other strategies, sharing lessons learned from managing project teams and librarians.

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Kerry Creelman

Kerry Creelman is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction at UH Libraries at the University of Houston. Her research and study interests include teaching and learning, the assessment of instruction services and leadership and management development. She earned an MA in Literature... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 14:00 - 15:30
CHEB - C266 5793 University Ave

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