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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that library managers are increasingly moving from one country to another as globalization makes its mark. What constitutes good leadership and good management and are the skills and knowledge transferable? Design/methodology/approach – There are...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the experiences of three western librarians in adapting their management styles for working and living in a new culture. Design/methodology/approach – Three university library directors who have been working as expatriates in Hong Kong for 2...
Purpose – The purpose of this research is to show a mix of career reflections and personal observations about the decision‐making process of changing employers and countries. Design/methodology/approach – The paper covers some initial impressions of moving, living and working in another...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide library managers with information about what to expect if they are considering a post in another country. It challenges a suggestion that a senior manager's major value is their local network. Rather, the skills, experience, culture and...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to bring together theory, research and practice to inform library management. Design/methodology/approach – Explores the library context using CD‐ROM based services. Analyzes the product life cycle and portfolio matrix concepts. Findings – Most...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to connect the stories and experiences of library professionals who have chosen to take up positions in other countries. The library professionals were asked to reflect on their experiences. This paper tends to connect and conceptualize the different...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to offer a number of reflections based on the personal experience of working as a librarian in Vietnam. Design/methodology/approach – The approach is subjective and is based on the author's observations and conclusions as a project consultant to several...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss what the main transferable skills of senior library managers are when they move to a different work environment, such as from the academic to the business sector, or from a home country to another, possibly working in another language....
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of working in Scotland as Vice Principal for Knowledge Management and Librarian to the University. Design/methodology/approach – The paper addresses some of the reasons for moving and the differences in approach to the job as...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to set out to give a personal view of potential opportunities and challenges to be considered when taking up senior managerial posts in libraries overseas. Design/methodology/approach – The findings and recommendations in the paper are based solely on...
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