May 24, 2017

Time to Change Everything Again…For Generation Z | From the Bell Tower

We were told we needed to change to adapt to Gen X and Millennials. Get ready to change again. Gen Z is on the way to our libraries. A new survey offers some insights into what we need to know.

From Good to Great, as a Leader | Leading from the Library

There’s a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, but it’s not what we might think. Greatness is not just being better than good. It’s about having force and channeling it for a purpose.

Making a Rough Journey a Bit Smoother | From the Bell Tower

Among academic librarians there is strong support for the premise that their work contributes to student success. A new report confirms that too many undergraduates experience a rough road with dead ends. Can we help smooth their journey?

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

Conflicted on Relationship Management | From the Bell Tower

As higher education explores new approaches to student success, academic librarians are more interested in personalizing the library experience. Can we implement relationship management software and balance our privacy concerns?

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Make the Academic Library a Safe Space…Literally | From the Bell Tower

As the guardians of a facility that welcomes all community members, academic librarians believe in the value of the library as a safe space. Keeping it safe, literally, takes effort. Knowing how to prepare and proceed can help.

Leading the Creative Library | Leading from the Library

It helps leaders to harness their own creative potential, but they should also pay attention to creating the right culture and environment that leads to a creative library organization as a whole.

Bandwidth Blues: Satisfying an Insatiable Appetite for Connectivity | From the Bell Tower

What’s expensive to provide and it seems that there is never enough to go around on a college campus? There’s a reason your students are always complaining about your library’s Wi-Fi.

Crisis Leadership Takes On a New Meaning | Leading from the Library

Unexpected acts of hatred, violence, and destruction are occurring more frequently. These dark crises impact everyone in an organization, but wise leaders can contribute to a better emotional climate if they know how to respond.