Emerging Leaders

As part of its research base for the leading libraries work, SCONUL surveyed those working in senior teams within our member libraries to establish the kinds of interventions and support that they would find useful in their leadership journey. This feedback from our emerging leaders has informed the work of the Task and Finish Group. For example, those surveyed indicated that SCONUL support for more formal leadership training and networking events would be helpful. SCONUL is publishing a directory of leadership courses and will be promoting our events for members. Those who were already members of a SCONUL deputies group found membership of them invaluable but some were not aware of how to join a group. We will be reminding members of the deputies’ groups and how to join them through the SCONUL email list at regular intervals. Guidance and support documentation will also be updated and provided to each deputies group.



We suggest that emerging leaders:

find a mentor

SCONUL is re-launching our mentoring scheme for emerging and newly appointed leaders. If you are interested either in finding or becoming a mentor, please see our resources.

join an action learning set

SCONUL is partnering with AUDE, BUFDG, UHR, and UCISA to deliver action learning sets for deputies across professional services. Action learning is a powerful development experience for leaders. Here is what one particpant discovered "I found the experience both challenging and rewarding. The value of the action learning approach was amplified by sharing the experience with colleagues from a range of professions and institutions". For more information see our SCONUL Action Learning Set briefing

join a group for deputies

SCONUL facilitates the creation of new groups of deputies who come together to share experience and learn from each other in an informal way. If you're not already involved in one of these groups and would like to be, you can  register your interest by emailing jenelle.negraeff@sconul.ac.uk

learn from the latest research

What strategies can library leaders employ to ‘lead in uncertain times’? Which approaches to leadership are needed in the context of continuous and rapid organisational, legislative, and technological change? To explore these questions read the Leading libraries literature review