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Are Academic and Public Head Library Administrators (HLAs) Competitive?

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

ISBN: 978-1-78190-313-1, eISBN: 978-1-78190-314-8

ISSN: 0732-0671

Publication date: 22 November 2012


Originality/value – The study is the first of its kind to examine whether HLAs have the competitive nature required to respond appropriately to strategic and competitive pressures in the library service environment. Having a complete and effective understanding of how head library administrator's competitive behaviors work and impact their library's strategic response development is essential in preparing and supporting existing and future head library administrators in leading their libraries in strategic responses. As the library's head administrator is the primary driver of strategy and strategic/competitive responses for their library, the competitive behaviors and their motivations becomes a critical component of the library's success in effectively responding to strategic challenges and being sustainable for meeting future generation's information needs. It is hoped that by exploring head library administrator's competitive behavior in this study, the researcher has laid the initial framework for understanding how a library's leader will competitively respond or be capable of responding to today's library service environment challenges that have become very competitive in nature and require library organizations to continually develop and perform activities that generate increasingly effective strategic performance and value.



Nash White, L. (2012), "Are Academic and Public Head Library Administrators (HLAs) Competitive?", Williams, D.E. and Golden, J. (Ed.) Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 205-240.



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