Aligning library and university strategic directions: a constructivist grounded theory study of academic library leadership in Australia and the USA

Harland, Fiona, Stewart, Glenn, and Bruce, Christine (2018) Aligning library and university strategic directions: a constructivist grounded theory study of academic library leadership in Australia and the USA. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24 (3-4). pp. 263-285.

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Abstract

This paper presents a substantive grounded theory that shows how senior library leaders can achieve the library's strategic alignment with the university. The theory suggests that increasing uncertainty causes the library's leadership to consider how the library's strategic contributions can support the university's core priorities while also promoting the library's value and impact. The library's senior leaders must be creative thinkers who are also focused upon their stakeholders. Value-adding strategies include refreshing core library functions and supporting university strategies such as engagement, teaching and learning, and research. The library's strategic planning involves basing the library strategic plan on the university plan, allowing time for it to be implemented, and informing the university of the library's progress. This research is the first to explore the processes senior library leaders can undertake to strategically align the library with the university, while also demonstrating its value and impact to university executive administrators.

Item ID: 54857
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1740-7834
Keywords: academic libraries, constructivist grounded theory, library directors, strategic planning, vision
Copyright Information: © Fiona Harland, Glenn Stewart and Christine Bruce
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 03:36
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 100%
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