Bold Minds – Library Leadership in a Time of Disruption

SOLUS are pleased that Liz McGettigan – our Director of Digital Library Experiences has made a contribution to this global collaboration. Understanding the library sector globally, changing service delivery and the rapid need for advances in digital library experiences is a key element of our work at SOLUS. We know it is listening and learning to library leaders and the library sector globally th at has made us a leader in library technology worldwide. Library leaders and teams across the world have contributed hugely to the success of the SOLUS portfolio of library solutions.

This new book from Facet Publishing hears international library leaders explore the purpose and future of libraries. Bold Minds: Library leadership in a time of disruption edited by Margaret Weaver and Leo Appleton. The book calls for bold thinking about the future of libraries globally. With voices from South Africa, Ontario and Alberta in Canada, Sweden and the UK.

COVID caused so much sadness and disruption but what came with that was the an acceleration of the need for the library sector to adapt quickly, to innovate and to digitally pivot. Recovery means libraries are now reopening with new innovations, better digital experiences and new approaches to service delivery.

Each chapter critically presents a short leadership provocation. The book has Global contributions on Views from the Corridors of Power: The Political and Global Perspective from John Pateman, Leo Appleton and Richard Heseltine.

Another section covers the rebirth of libraries – New Business Models and Regeneration of Services from Judith Keene Janine Downes, Liz McGettigan and Robert Moropa, Lindiwe Soyizwapi, Marguerite Nel and Isak Van der Walt – the Digital Scholarship & Innovation team at the University of Pretoria.

There is a section on Who Really Matters – User Communities and Alignment -looking at students, corporate and medical libraries and spaces from Margaret Weaver, Lotta Haglund, Annikki Roos and Petra Wallgren Bjork and Shaunna Mireau.

The last section covers The Future Library Professional – Horizons and Challenges by Sheila Corrall, Rosie Jones and Rebecca Davies.

The book was written pre COVID but that disruption has only accelerated the need for strong leadership and for the library sector to adapt even more quickly.

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