Is a Library Department Chair Essential?: The Development of the Library Department Chair at Central Washington University
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The combined position of University Archivist and Library Department Chair in the James E. Brooks Library at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington is unique and draws cu- riosity as to what other academic libraries have department chairs and what is their specific area of librarianship. This article provides a review of literature on the responsibilities of department chairs and their vitality, as well as publications specifically referencing library department chairs. A compar- ison of the CWU library department chair to another library faculty chair in the Orbis Cascade Alli- ance is also provided. The history of the chair position at Brooks Library is examined as is the makeup of the library faculty. Resources for chairs at CWU and personal strategies that have proved effective in being a leader of library faculty are described.
Stringfellow, J. (2018). Is a Library Department Chair Essential?: The Development of the Library Department Chair at Central Washington University. PNLA Quarterly, 82(2), 31-43. https://arc.lib.montana.edu/ojs/index.php/pnla/article/view/1269
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