Graduates of the SLIM Master of Library Science degree program will be able to aid in effective and appropriate change in library and information services through collaboration, communication, and collegiality.
Artifact: Strategic Plan – College of Mid-Cascadia Library
Link to Strategic Plan
MLS Outcomes: 8
MLS Values: 2, 3
LI805: Leadership and Administration of Information Organizations introduced us to ways of thinking that can be used when administering information agencies. It examined how work culture, individual personality, power dynamics, physical environment, technology, and other factors work together to comprise an organization, and taught us ways to lead those organizations in an ethical, efficient, and effective manner. Rath and Conchie, in their book, Strengths Based Leadership (2008), present a theory of collaboration in organizations that we used as our foundation in this course. They posit that a leader is more effective when they know, and are able to implement, their own individual strengths, and they assemble a team of people around them who complement those strengths. It supports a model of leadership where a good leader attempts to develop and inspire their team as well as guide and direct them.
The culmination of this class was a strategic plan for a library. My group created a fictional library based on the library at the College of Western Idaho. We then collaborated on a document that explored the college’s current situation in detail, specified its current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to operation, outlined a vision and mission for its growth, laid out the steps of how to get there, and provided a means of assessing our success. As my group worked together, we learned how to adapt to and integrate each others’ needs and values, shift the focus of leadership based on current realities and working strengths, and identify our personal strengths and weaknesses and use them in a practical, working context. In doing so, we proved that we could collaborate and communicate effectively in order to articulate a vision and process for changing the way a library offers service to its community.