So what’s up?

I have been away a bit from blogging, primarily because I have recently become the father of a gorgeous baby boy (now 7 months old) but also because of the intensity of workload recently. I have been a victim of not being able to create enough reflection time in my life and I have to change that to be an effective leader. For this reason, I am beginning by reflecting and developing a digital vision which will make Lancaster University Library a global leader in digital innovation.  More locally, this vision will cut across all key themes of the University’s strategy, including teaching, learning, research, engagement and arts. I will post my thoughts once I have gone through some of the preliminary work.

Digital Leadership in Libraries

I have been meaning to write something about this topic for quite some time. In fact, I really want us to do something about this and do it now. As far as I can tell and feel, we are reaching a stage where there is a very shallow pool of digital leaders left in Libraries. We need to take some actions to resolve this situation but our actions at the moment are counter productive for development of digital leadership in Libraries for many reasons. Here is my viewpoint. While I am generalising here, most digital leaders in Libraries start their journey as a technical advocate, developer or professional. They are problem solvers who are brought up in an environment where every problem has a logical solution. They are in control of producing this solution themselves. They don’t have to depend on anyone else. For a technical person, there is a very unique and powerful sense of empowerment and satisfaction when an issue or a bug is resolved or when a new feature is deployed. You should never underestimate the power of this feeling. However, this environment doesn’t require them to develop skills in areas of negotiation, adjustments, give and take,

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