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Library leadership, Library management, Academic libraries


This article explores the opportunities and challenges that early career librarians face when advancing their careers, desired qualities for leaders or managers of all career stages, and how early career librarians can develop those qualities. Our survey asked librarians at all career stages to share their sentiments, experiences, and perceptions of leadership and management. Through our feminist critique, we explore the relationships to power that support imbalances in the profession and discuss best practices such as mentoring, individualized support, and self-advocacy. These practices will be of use to early career librarians, as well as supervisors and mentors looking to support other librarians.

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Thomas, C., Trucks, E., & Kouns, H.B. (2019). Preparing early career librarians for leadership and management: A feminist critique. In the Library with the Lead Pipe, April 2019. Retrieved from:

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