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 • 15:45 - 17:15
Parallel Session 2B (Preparing for the workforce, skills development) Charting our Course through Reframing Library Leadership in a Sea of Change

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Research shows that academic leaders fail for two primary reasons. One, they see a limited or inaccurate picture and as a result set the wrong course, and, two, they fail to take people with them – implement change too fast, act too unilaterally and or without an appreciation of the culture of the organization. Reframing is an intentional process of changing conceptual viewpoints, or frames of reference, in relation to a situation that uncovers additional perspectives, realities, and meanings.

In their book Reframing Academic Leadership (2011) Bolman and Gallos, two well regarded researchers of organizational behaviour, have addressed the complexity of leadership in higher education and have identified four frames through which leaders can examine situations: a structural frame, a human resources frame, a political frame, and a symbolic frame. If leaders are mindful and explore situations through the lens of all four frames, then fewer barriers are encountered when leading change. In our paper we will apply the practice of reframing to current Western Libraries’ organizational change initiatives; the implementation of a new strategic plan and an organizational re-design resulting from a workforce analysis project.  The frames will guide the development of strong change management process that will be the key to a successful implementation of our plans.

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Bruce Fyfe

Bruce Fyfe is the Associate Librarian and the Head Research & Instructional Services at the D.B. Weldon Library at Western University.
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Nicole Nolan

Nicole Nolan is the Acting Assistant University Librarian (Services), for Western Libraries, Western University. Western University is in London, Ontario, Canada.
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Catherine Steeves

Catherine Steeves is the Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian at Western University

Monday June 6, 2016 15:45 - 17:15
CHEB - C140 5793 University Ave

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