May 16, 2022

New Journal Article: “Leading From Unexpected Places Through Collaboration: Undergraduate Libraries in the Research University”

The following article (peer-reviewed) appears in Library Leadership and Management published by the Library Leadership and Management Association (an ALA division).


Leading From Unexpected Places Through Collaboration: Undergraduate Libraries in the Research University


John Danneker
University of Washington

Amanda Hornby
University of Washington


Library Leadership and Management
Vol 31, No 3 (2017)


The undergraduate library at major research universities, an historic product of the 1960s and 70s, now provides opportunities for leadership on numerous levels, particularly as universities deepen their commitment to the holistic experience of undergraduate students. Instead of focusing heavily on disciplinary research help or building research-level collections, the undergraduate library’s focus on teaching, learning spaces, and community fosters a crossroads of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation that inspires change across campus. Featuring examples drawn from Odegaard Undergraduate Library of the University of Washington, this article explores the value of leading from unexpected places to collaborate and build services and programs with lasting and catalyzing impacts.

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15 pages; PDF.

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