Date of Paper/Work

12-2013

Type of Paper/Work

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Department

Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Deborah Grealy

Abstract

Leaders within public libraries must be able to effectively lead their team and organization in an ethical, effective, and enduring manner. One method to obtain leadership skills necessary to lead within a public library is through formal graduate-level coursework. Through a survey of public librarians, interviews, and an analysis of other regional ALA-accredited library science programs, this leadership action project explores how the Library Leadership Certificate offered at St. Catherine University can best be positioned to provide the necessary coursework to enhance leadership knowledge and practice among public librarians. The research conducted shows that awareness of the Library Leadership is low among existing and emerging leaders of public libraries in the state of Minnesota, and more should be done to increase the awareness, perception, and marketing of the Library Leadership Certificate.

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