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Title: 12 Habits of Highly Effective Librarians


1
12 Habits of Highly Effective Librarians
  • Maureen Sawa,
  • Director of Public Service Community
    Development,
  • Hamilton Public Library
  • Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference
  • May 27, 2006

2
Where it all began
3
  • Traditional library expertise applied the way
    it has been is not a winning proposition for
    librarianshipWe need to adapt and insert
    ourselves and to build new areas of expertise and
    engage our communities in different ways.
  • -- Evan St. Lifer, Executive Editor, Library
    Journal, May 1, 2000

4
What are libraries looking for?
  • Leadership potential
  • Managerial skills
  • Ability to respond flexibly to change
  • Innovativeness
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Technology skills
  • 8Rs Canadian Library Human Resource Study,
    2004Canadian Urban Libraries Council

5
Were all in the same boat.
6
  • Increased concentration on technology
    curricula today is not adequately addressing the
    real needsof professionals.
  • Michael Gorman, President, American Library
    Association

7
Top reasons why internally promoted business
leaders fail
  • Poor people skills 53
  • Personal qualities(style, attitude, habits) 53
  • Poor fit with company culture 44
  • Couldnt get results 43
  • Dont have the skills to do the job 36
  • Leadership Forecast Best Practices for
    Tomorrows Global LeadersDevelopment Dimensions
    International Inc., October, 2005

8
  • When recruiting new professional librarians,
    leadership potential and managerial skills are
    the 2 most important and most difficult to
    fulfill competencies reported by the largest
    proportion of libraries
  • Training Gaps Analysis for Librarians and
    Library Technicians Executive Summary(Cultural
    Human Resources Council, April, 2006)

9
Hysteresis
  • The lag between making a change such as
    increasing or decreasing power, and the response
    or effect of that change.

10
  • hySTeRESiS

11
Top headache-producing professions
  • Accountants (49)
  • Librarians (43)
  • Bus Truck Drivers (42)
  • Construction Workers (38)
  • Excedrin_at_Work Headache-by-Profession Index (2001)

12
Librarian/Clergy Similarities
  • Report being called to their profession
  • Advocate self-improvement
  • Dedicated to service
  • Garner respect from the public
  • Trusted to safeguard confidentiality

13
Librarian/Clergy Similarities
  • Depicted stereotypically as ascetic and
    self-sacrificing
  • Grant primacy to written texts
  • Imagined possessing special knowledge and wisdom
  • Feel united with Something beyond us
  • Prefer ideas to money (to a certain extent)
  • Sacred Stacks The Higher Purpose of Libraries
    and Librarianship (ALA 2006) - Nancy Kalikow
    Maxwell

14
Key issues affecting libraries librarians
Technology Revenue Diverse communities Globalizati
on Knowledge industry Re-distribution of
library workload Customer-centred
service Recruitment crisis Succession
planning Generational issues Partnerships Research
Development
15
  • Information is no longer powerwhen anyone can
    get it
    Carly Fiorina, November, 2005

16
12 Habits of Highly Effective Librarians
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  • They librarians are subversive. You think
    theyre just sitting there at the desk, all quiet
    and everything. Theyre like plotting the
    revolution, man. I wouldnt mess with them.
  • -- Michael Moore, author of Stupid White Men
    (2002)

18
Key Habits for Success
  • Professional Habits relate to the librarians
    knowledge in the areas of information resources,
    information access, technology, management and
    research, and the ability to use their areas of
    expertise as a basis for providing successful
    library and information services.

19
Key Habits for Success
  • Personal Habits represent a set of skills,
    attitudes and values that enable librarians to
    work efficiently be good communicators focus on
    continuing learning throughout their careers
    demonstrate the value-added nature of their
    contributions and survive in the new world of
    work.

20
Professional Habit 1
  • Authority Expert knowledge of the content of
    information resources

21
Professional Habit 2
  • ApplicationUses appropriate technology to
    maximize service

22
Professional Habit 3
  • AdvocacyCommunicates value of library service
    internally and externally

23
Professional Habit 4
  • AssessmentUnderstands identifies user needs
    designs appropriate and accessible services

24
Professional Habit 5
  • Accountability
  • Ownership of the outcome prioritizes and
    focuses on what is critical

25
Professional Habit 6
  • AwarenessUnderstands and embraces change
    recognizes shifts in trends

26
Personal Habit 7
  • AlliancesLooks for partnerships and
    collaborations

27
Personal Habit 8
  • AdvancementCommitted to lifelong learning
    career planning recognizes that leadership is
    not a question of power but of choice

28
Personal Habit 9
  • AnticipationSees alternatives and adjusts
    policies and procedures

29
Personal Habit 10
  • AssociationsRecognizes the value of
    professional associations and affiliations
    circle of influence

30
Personal Habit 11
  • AttitudeFlexible and positive in a time of
    continuous change carpe diem

31
Personal Habit 12
  • Aggregate
  • Leverages the knowledge, expertise and acumen of
    self and others the whole is greater than the
    sum of its parts

32
The 13th Habit Communicate, Communicate,
Communicate
33
  • There will only be successful libraries in the
    future, because if libraries are not successful,
    they will cease to exist.
  • -- Michael Gorman Walt Crawford, Future
    Libraries Dreams, Madness Reality

34
  • Maureen Sawa
  • Director of Public Service Community
    Development,
  • Hamilton Public Library
  • Phone (905) 546-3213
  • E-mail msawa_at_hpl.ca

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