Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library

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Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. By Ronald C. Jantz. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 206 p. Paper $44.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8834-3).

In Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library, author Ronald Jantz succeeds by expertly weaving together empirically derived theory with public and private sector case studies to elucidate what it takes for academic libraries to remain relevant via innovative leadership. Not only has Jantz conducted original, data-driven research to support his arguments, he has also gone a step further and described for readers where they--as present or future library leaders-might begin looking for programs and projects to kick-start organizational innovation.

Jantz pinpoints his target reader ("academic library leaders, future leaders, managers, and administrators") and begins building the case that a top-down combination of integrated leadership, communicated vision, and dedicated research and development will jolt and bolster the role of research libraries, transforming them from "incremental" innovators on campus to agile service providers (xiv). Caution is natural, Jantz argues in part two (of three), especially for those leaders of extended tenure facing today's economic turmoil. Nevertheless, an exploitative focus, which favors the refinement of existing services, shouldn't completely crowd out explorative activity, whereby smaller units pursue more innovative (albeit unproven) service strategies and implementations. …

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