Hidden Leadership in Small Special Libraries

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“The Specialist” addresses the administration of special libraries, however, identifying the administrator of a small special library is problematic. In these small libraries within organizations, the librarian often works alone and the library is overseen by a non-librarian manager. In these cases, it is not as easy to identify or define the library's administrator as it would be in a public or academic library, or even a larger special library. This column introduces a model where the administration of small special libraries is a collaboration between librarians and non-librarian managers. In this model, information professionals exercise hidden leadership and management skills without leading a staff or possessing a management title. The column also suggests ways information professionals without explicit management responsibilities in the workplace can develop these skills and apply them in their jobs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Library Administration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Administration
  • Library and Information Sciences


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