Management: Serving to Lead

Alesia McManus


In an era of constant change and transition, libraries are continually called upon to do more with less. This fact makes it critical to utilize resources—including human—as fully as possible. One way to accomplish this is by encouraging staff participation in service opportunities, which can foster talent and leadership development in those who engage. In this column, Alesia McManus issues a call to action for all of us to get more involved and thereby lay claim to our leadership potential. McManus, immediate past-president of RUSA, offers a compelling argument that seizing the growth opportunities that are available through service will allow us to make even more of a difference in our workplaces and communities as well as enable us to reap personal benefits for years to come.—Editor

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Giovanna Badia, “Calling all Academic Librarians to Lead! Developing and Using Inside Talent to Stay Ahead,” Library Leadership & Management 30 no. 1 (November 2015): 1–9.

Pixie Anne Mosley, “Engaging Leadership: Leadership Writ Large, Beyond the Title,” Library Leadership & Management 28 no. 2 (March 2014): 1–6.

Maggie Farrell, “Leadership Reflections: Leadership Development through Service,” Journal of Library Administration 54 no. 4 (June 2014): 308–17.

Gabrielle Ka Wai Wong, “Leadership and Leadership Development in Academic Libraries: A Review,” Library Management 38 no. 2/3 (2017): 153–66.

Ingrid Bens, Facilitation at a Glance! (Methuen, MA: GOAL/QPC, 1999), 3.



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