Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries

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Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries


Crawford, Gregory A., Reference & User Services Quarterly


Ed. by Carrie E. Regenstein and Barbara I. Dewey. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2003. 233p. $75 (ISBN 1-55570-455-7). www.nealschuman.com.

Defining leadership is a difficult task in any organization. Combining leadership with higher education and information technology (IT) increases the difficulty greatly. This book attempts to do just that. The book is an outgrowth of the first Frye Leadership Institute sponsored by EDUCAUSE, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and Emory University. The papers included in this volume represent the thinking of many of the participants in the institute who focused on the combination of leadership, information technology, and academic libraries. Thus, the collection is a highly relevant source of pertinent information which can help guide readers as they struggle to come to grips with the changing face of libraries within institutions of higher education.

The book addresses such topics as developing a vision for using information technology in the teaching and learning process, undertaking strategic planning for IT, creating collaborative relationships, exploring cultural challenges to the implementation of IT, and developing leadership. Each chapter stands alone and can provide relevant information, but when viewed as a whole, the work can serve as a template for those about to undertake major strategic planning initiatives or for those examining the challenges of implementing new technology plans. …

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