Ken Haycock is director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in California, USA, the largest program of its type in the world with almost 3,000 graduate students. Professor Haycock holds graduate degrees in Business Administration, Education, and Library and Information Studies as well as a doctorate in Administration and Leadership. He has been an academic administrator in Canada and the United States. Dr. Haycock has also been an elected member of the Executive Board of the American Library Association, and is past president of the Canadian Library Association and of the [North American] Association for Library and Information Science Education. He is senior partner of Ken Haycock and Associates Inc. which specializes in building capacity for leadership, advocacy and collaboration through executive recruitment and effective board governance for public libraries.
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The future is not what It used to be for public library leadership
This paper identifies trends and issues in Library and Information Science reflecting popular political, economic, social/cultural and technological trends. Given that there are no commonly accepted key success factors for public libraries, the author notes the research-based characteristics of high performing non-profit boards and of remarkable associations and notes the possible implications for public libraries. From this base, several possible changes are noted as worthy of consideration for public library roles and priorities and the resulting changes necessary for education in Library and Information Science. This paper is based on the author?s chapter ?Trends and Issues? in Ken Haycock and Brooke Sheldon?s The portable MLIS; Insights from the experts (Westport, Connecticut, USA: Libraries Unlimited, 2008).