The librarian as a leader: development of leadership in the library and information profession

  • Anthea Sutton Information Resources Group, Health Economics and Decision Science, ScHARR, The University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA
  • Andrew Booth ScHARR, The University of Sheffield


A literature review was conducted to identify articles on leadership in the library and information profession since 2011.Articles identified were examined in terms of demand for leadership skills and supply of professional development opportunities. The leadership profile of skills and competencies is diverse: flexibility is the key within the rapidly changing landscape of the profession. Available training and development opportunities range from formal training programmes to low-cost approaches that can be easily implemented by individuals or within organisations.


1. Sutton, A., & Booth, A. (2012). What type of leader am I?: a training needs analysis of health library and information managers. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29(1): 39-46.

2. O’Connor, S. (2014). Leadership for future libraries. Library Management, 35(1-2):78-87.

3. Camille, D., & Westbrook, R. N. (2013). Building a Program that Cultivates Library Leaders from Within the Organization. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 39(6): 447-450.

4. Hicks, D., & Given, L. M. (2013). Principled, Transformational Leadership: Analyzing the Discourse of Leadership in the Development of Librarianship’s Core Competences. The Library Quarterly, 83(1):7-25.

5. Herold, I. M. H. (2013). The Mindful Library Leader. Library Issues: Briefings for Faculty and Administrators, 33(6):1-4.

6. Stoddart, L. (2012). Emerging leadership opportunities and new roles for knowledge professionals 1. Business Information Review, 29(4):215-220.

7. Pagan Santana, L. M., & Quinones Mauras, I. I. (2013). Skills of academic librarians as leaders in the information field in Puerto Rico. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecologia, 36(1):35-46.

8. Monsted, S. (2012). A Leader Must Be Able To Stand In Windy Weather. Perspektiv, (6):30-32.

9. Haycock, K., Cheadle, A., & Bluestone, K. S. (2012). Strategic Thinking: Lessons for Leadership from the Literature. Library Leadership and Management, 26(3-4).

10. Lo, L. S. (2013). New Perspectives in Leadership: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking. Library Leadership and Management, 27(3).

11. Sears, S. (2014). Mentoring to Grow Library Leaders. Journal of Library Administration, 54(2):127-134.

12. Crook, L., & Blakesley, B. (2011). A Conversation about Leadership. Library Leadership and Management, 25(4).

13. McKeown, A., & Bates, J. (2013). Emotional intelligent leadership: Findings from a study of public library branch managers in Northern Ireland. Library Management, 34(6-7):462-485.

14. Johnston, M. P. (2013). The Importance of Professional Organizations and Mentoring in Enabling Leadership. Knowledge Quest, 41(4), 34-39.

15. Okuhara, H. (2012). LLAMA Mentoring Program: An Evolving Model. Library Leadership and Management, 26(2).

16. Trenner, L. (2013). Business coaching for information professionals: Why it offers such good value for money in today’s economic climate. Business Information Review, 30(1):27-34.

17. Farrell, M. (2013). Leadership Mistakes. Journal of Library Administration, 53(7-8):439-450.

18. Jokitalo, P. (2013). Training leaders in small libraries. Scandinavian Library Quarterly, 46(4):22-23.

19. Caputo, A. (2011). Providing Thought Leadership. Information Outlook, 15(6):21-23,35.

20. Watson, J. (2014). Be a Leader by Knowing Yourself. Young Adult Library Services, 12(2):4-5.

21. Jensen, I. S., & Solheim, T. (2013). Management by reading. Scandinavian Library Quarterly, 46(4):24-25.

22. Smith, S. D., & Galbraith, Q. (2011). Library Staff Development: How Book Clubs Can Be More Effective (and Less Expensive) than Traditional Trainings. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 18(2-3):170-182.

23. Carpenter, M. T. H. (2011). Cheerleader, Opportunity Seeker, and Master Strategist: ARL Directors as Entrepreneurial Leaders. College & Research Libraries, 73(1):11-32.

24. Fong, B. L. (2011). New Perspectives on Leadership: Inspirational Innovation. Library Leadership and Management, 25(4).

25. Roberts, K., & Wood, D. (2011). Thought Leadership. Feliciter, 57(4):156.

26. Sullivan, M. (2013). Leadership in a Digital Age. American Libraries, 44(5):5.

27. Jordan, M. W. (2012). Developing leadership competencies in librarians. IFLA Journal, 38(1):37-46.
How to Cite
Sutton A, Booth A. The librarian as a leader: development of leadership in the library and information profession. JEAHIL [Internet]. 12Jan.2017 [cited 21Jan.2021];10(4). Available from:
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