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What are Core Competencies for Library Leaders in the Digital Age? : 1 What are Core Competencies for Library Leaders in the Digital Age? Libraries in the Digital Age Dubrovnik, Croatia May 26, 2004 Core Competencies : 2 Core Competencies Wanda V. Dole, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA Jitka M. Hurych, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA Anne Liebst, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA Outline : 3 Outline What are core competencies? Core competencies for librarians? Core competencies for library leaders? Assessment is a core competency for leaders in ARL libraries (Beck, 2003) Is Assessment a core competency for leaders in other libraries? Core Competencies : 4 Core Competencies Definition: Specific range of skills, abilities or knowledge that enable or qualify someone to perform a particular function or carry out selected responsibilities. (Fisher, 2001; Webber, 1999) Core Competencies : 5 Core Competencies Prahalad and Hamel: successful organizations understand and exploit their core competencies (1990, 1993) Prahalad and Hamel: a core competency: Provides a long-term strategic advantage Contributes to perceived customer benefits Is difficult for competitors to imitate Core Competencies of Librarians : 6 Core Competencies of Librarians Rich literature (1990 ---) Some authors mix “core competencies” (skills and knowledge) and behavioral or personality traits Overview of literature (Giesecke and McNeil, 1999, 2001 Core Competencies of Librarians : 7 Core Competencies of Librarians Academic librarians (Grealy, 1998) Public librarians (Naylor, 2000) Special librarians (Ojala, 1995; Jones Reference librarians (Bell, 2003) Acquisitions librarians (Fisher, 2001) Information professionals (Webber, 1999) Law librarians (Jones, 1998; AALL, 2001) Medical librarians (Moore, 2000) Music librarians (Hunter, 2000) Core Competencies of Library Leaders : 8 Core Competencies of Library Leaders Directors (Soete, 1998; Auret, 1996) Assistant directors (Giesecke, Michalak, & Franklin, 1997) Top management teams (Mahmoodi & King, 1991-92) “Next generation of library leaders” (Hernon, Young & Powell, 2001, 2002, 2003) Hernon, Young & Powell : 9 Hernon, Young & Powell Identified attributes (knowledge, skills & critical competencies) for library leaders in ARL libraries Large public libraries ACRL libraries Found similarities in preferred attributes Is Assessment a core competency for library leaders? : 10 Is Assessment a core competency for library leaders? Beck (2003) studied administrators in 9 ARL libraries that participated in LibQUAL+ ™ project Interviewed deans and top administrators, April & June 2002 Administered two survey instruments Do You Have a Culture of Assessment Factors in Decision Making Beck’s Findings : 11 Beck’s Findings Library administrators did use data for planning, budgeting & setting priorities The extent of use depends on administrator’s : Philosophy of leadership Need for information Personal interest in assessment Local organizational culture Our Study Asks : 12 Our Study Asks Can Beck’s method & instruments be used in other (non ARL) libraries? Would Beck’s conclusions about the role of assessment be true in other libraries? Should our study be expanded to more libraries? Our Study : 13 Our Study Reviewed the literature Consulted with Beck Obtained permission to use her surveys Pretested surveys Revised surveys Visited 3 Carnegie MA I libraries Our Study: Method : 14 Our Study: Method Studied administrators at 3 Carnegie MA I universities in March 2004 Replicated Beck’s method Interviews Administered Beck’s survey instruments Preliminary Results : 15 Preliminary Results Beck’s method transferred easily to our sample of Carnegie MA I libraries Overall responses similar to those reported by Beck Some differences between responses of deans and upper administrators to Factors in Decision Making survey Conclusions : 16 Conclusions Assessment is as important in Carnegie MA I libraries Further study is needed Mine the data Expand to more Carnegie MA I libraries Expand to Carnegie MA I libraries that participated in LibQUAL+™ Expand to staff librarians Thank you! : 17 Thank you! Questions? Suggestions? Contact us wanda.dole@washburn.edu anne.liebst@washburn.edu jitka@niu.edu

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