Learn how to develop and enact leadership skills critical to the success of 21st-century libraries and other cultural institutions where access to new knowledge and mastery of emerging information resources are central to their mission and future success.
Leaders of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions continue to confront transformative changes in information science, technology, and demographic diversity, all of which place an even greater premium on their ability to lead change and foster innovation. These leadership imperatives require thoughtful attention to two important – and mutually reinforcing – professional development needs:
- What actions are required to enhance personal leadership competence and capability?
- What strategies are needed to foster organizational success in a dynamic and ever-evolving competitive environment?
The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education are delighted to announce a reconceptualization of the program formerly titled Library Leadership in a Digital Age. This newly-conceived and retitled program – Contemporary Challenges in Library Leadership: Building Community, Leading Change – will be offered for the first time in March 2020. The central focus of Contemporary Challenges in Library Leadership will be on ways to build inclusive communities that embrace change and stimulate innovation. Offering new and enhanced opportunities for dynamic learning, hands-on experiential activities, and meaningful peer-to-peer dialogue among similarly-situated leaders, this program will enable you to think more critically and act more decisively to improve your own leadership skills and enhance the performance of your organization.
This three-day program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will address five areas critical to the future success of leaders of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions (galleries, archives, and museums):
- Enhancing Personal Leadership Skills and Competencies
- Building Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Organizations & Communities
- Understanding and Leveraging Emerging Information Technologies
- Managing competing imperatives to lead transformational change in your organization and serve as a strategic leader in your community
- Serving as an Effective 21st-Century Leader of Change
The program curriculum includes a coordinated set of dynamic sessions designed to highlight both emerging empirical research and the “lived experience” of accomplished practitioners. Specific activities include:
- Provocative presentations and interactive discussions.
- An experiential leadership simulation.
- “Hands on” interactive discussion with recognized leaders.
- Small group breakout discussions designed to foster sector- and organization-specific application of key program concepts.