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Leveraging our assets: the academic library and campus leadership

Robert L. Houbeck Jr (Robert L. Houbeck Jr is Director, Frances Willson Thompson Library, The University of Michigan‐Flint, Flint, Michigan, USA.)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 1 June 2002



In the competition for resources, academic libraries possess more assets than they know. These include a still central role in access to published academic knowledge; a cadre of professionals experienced in managing change and in developing assessment instruments that match resources with outcomes; an ethos and record of success in collaborative projects; and significant development potential and successes. These assets can be leveraged to enhance funding as well as the role of librarians in campus leadership. The author, a library director for more than a decade, bases his observations in part on a 16‐month appointment as interim assistant vice‐chancellor for administration at a mid‐sized public university.



Houbeck, R.L. (2002), "Leveraging our assets: the academic library and campus leadership", The Bottom Line, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 54-59.




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