All libraries have patrons and staff members with disabilities, making equitable service a priority for these organizations as they provide diverse services to their entire communities. Although rapid technological changes in recent years have offered challenges to libraries, these same technologies
provide opportunities to embrace the concept of accessible library services and create innovative new services for patrons with disabilities. Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries, edited by Brian Wentz, Paul T. Jaeger, and John Carlo Bertot, focuses on
the issues at the intersection of disability, accessibility, inclusion and libraries. The chapters in this volume provide best practices and innovative ideas to share amongst libraries, explore the roles that internet and communication technologies play in the context of inclusive libraries,
illuminate the important contributions of libraries in promoting social inclusion of and social justice for people with disabilities, and help libraries to better articulate their contributions in these areas as they engage with disability groups, funders, policymakers, and other parts of their
Celebrating the James A. Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award the authors examine issues of race, inclusion, diversity, and justice in the field of library and information science. The award recognizes information professionals who exemplify the highest ideals of the
profession, and it is part of a long-running series of efforts that have been made to promote diversity and inclusion in the field. Many of the living winners of the award share their thoughts and personal experiences about race and the development of the field of library and information science.
Their insights are complimented by the writings of other scholars, educators, and practitioners who study, teach about, and experience issues of race in the field firsthand. Issues of race are addressed from the perspective of different backgrounds, as well as intersectionalities with other
identities, such as gender, immigration, and orientation. The explorations by the authors at their various institutions – including libraries, universities, and government agencies – to promote diversity and inclusion catalogue a wide range of ideas, practices and lessons learned.
Librarianship has always had links with critical theory. As a public service, libraries cannot be separated from the society they exist in, and investigating the aspects of the culture they exist in is an important responsibility for all library and information professionals. In this exciting
exploration of critical librarianship, expert authors from different walks of life investigate a variety of areas of librarianship in regards to critical theory. With chapters on feminist theory, sustainability and social justice, inclusivity, autism, and new motherhood, among others, this volume of
Advances in Librarianship focuses on some of the most relevant issues of the 21st Century. With rigorous scholarship and diverse voices, Critical Librarianship is an unmissable volume of current research for all library and information professionals and researchers.
Increasingly, more is being asked from library leaders and those who aspire to join their ranks. As the use of libraries changes, leaders need to improve their emotional intelligence and critical thinking in order to attract and retain users. Focused on practical management advice, this is an
engaging discussion of how library leaders can grow in their role.
Detailing 25 emotional intelligence traits library leaders and others rely on most, expert author Gary L. Shaffer explores how critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence overlap, and how we can utilise them to improve. Looking across decision-making, problem-solving, critical writing, and
creative thinking, Shaffer includes four case studies, each relating to both emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills. With real-world evidence and practical advice, the case studies show us how four library leaders used these traits and skills to tackle major real-world problems and
issues. Finally, Shaffer suggests three leadership styles we can adopt to improve our emotional intelligence.
The first book in a new series of library leadership and management books, Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking for Library Leaders is a book of practical solutions based on academically sound research. For library and information science professionals and researchers, this is an unmissable
book for those looking to the future of libraries.
This volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization takes as its underpinning theme the whole subject of innovation in Library and Information Services. It considers the various types of innovation through case studies and exemplars both from within the LIS sector and other cognate
industries and environments. It will look at both the last and the next thirty years by charting major technology developments and the ways in which they have not only been adopted and adapted by library services but also how the resulting improvements and enhancements have impacted upon key user
communities. But more importantly, the volume projects these developments forward and in addition forecasts and analyses likely future inventions and innovations and how LIS leaders and managers should not only respond but actually help to create and shape our future world.Written and edited by
Professor David Baker and Wendy Evans, the volume will include contributions from: Dr Chris Batt; Dr Masanori Koizumi; Dr Tibor Koltay; Professor Derek Law; Dr Mike McGrath; Dr Bruce Massis; Chloe Mills; John Robinson; Dr Lara Skelly; Professor Jo Smedley; Dr Evgenia Vassilakaki; Dr Graham Walton.
The latest volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization, contains approaches from researchers around the world. Sourced in management theory and hands-on practice, the chapters explore such issues as skills-building and other professional development activities, changing demographic
profiles of staff, changing modes of resource provision, succession planning, remote work, and planning for Linked Data. New approaches to student staffing are examined, along with the relationship of library work to topics such as emotional intelligence and positive organizational behavior. Several
chapters put forth research and case study information regarding methods for dealing with large-scale changes in library staffing with regard to budget, space, and mode of information delivery. The work as a whole addresses sustainability issues in library staffing both regarding the day-to day work
of libraries and in planning for the future. Library Staffing for the Future provides the reader with a thorough look at relevant staffing issues for libraries today and going forward, and provides advice and information grounded in the theoretical as well as the practical.
Libraries are dealing with unprecedented changes on several fronts: technological developments, funding difficulties, and an increasing need to prove themselves to a demanding population. These factors understandably impact physical library space. Looking toward the future, what changes can we
expect to see in how libraries use space. This volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) will focus on the future of library spaces. ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice
library administration and organization. The series aims to answer the questions "How have libraries been managed and how should they be managed?" It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed
journals cannot. Through this series practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.