Leadership can at times be isolating, this study seeks to assess the viability of developing and maintaining digital cohorts of library leaders. Building upon the skillsets and teambuilding initially developed at Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in Summer of 2018, the researchers have spent the past year regularly meeting via video chat to discuss current professional challenges and receive the feedback and support from fellow peer leaders. Participants addressed their challenges through the framework of both case studies and Bolman and Gallos’ “four frames,” as outlined in Reframing Academic Leadership (a core text in the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians). Pre- and post- assessments measured participants’ comfort level with each of the four frames, with the case study model, and relative level of comfort and intimacy with other group members. Presenters will be on hand to explain the process used, as well as to provide tips for how other library leaders can create their own cohorts with peers both local and far flung.
Amy Tureen– Head, Library Liaison Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Starr Hoffman– Director, Planning & Assessment, University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Libraries
Erick Lemon– Director of Digital Strategies and Innovation, Medical University of South Carolina
Joyce Martin– Associate Librarian and Curator of the Labriola Center, ASU Library, Arizona State University
Willie Miller– Informatics and Journalism Librarian, IUPUI
Mindy Thuna– Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library, University of Toronto