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Poster presented at the 2016 International Leadership Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Date of Submission

October 2016


The topic of leadership development in academic libraries is recent area of interest for the profession. There is nascent scholarship in the areas of how to prepare librarians to advance into a first formal management position as well as in the area of leadership capacity-building for librarians and library organizations. This poster combines two independent research projects with the common theme of leadership development in academic libraries. It is not often that separate scholarship integrates effectively and cogently, but these studies coalesced in such an impactful way that all parties felt the need to share the content as well as the process with other scholars. One of the most important aspects of the collaboration was ensuring each researcher's voice was honored so the audience had clarity about each individual’s efforts as well as an understanding of how the studies’ findings dovetail. Through multiple conversations during the poster creation process, it emerged that both studies revealed the need for libraries to better address first-level management potential and leadership development at the individual, organizational, and professional levels. This poster session outlines the processes and outcomes of both studies.

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VCU Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations