Jolie Graybill, Assistant Professor, University Libraries, has published a new article on a study that explores possible leadership perceptions of Millennials working in academic libraries that includes definition, attributes, and whether they perceive themselves as leaders. The article, entitled, “Millennials among the Professional Workforce in Academic Libraries: Their Perspective on Leadership,” was published in the January, 2014 issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship.
Graybill surveyed Millennials (born 1982 or after) currently working full-time in Big Ten libraries in 2011-12 and found the leadership attributes which Millennials indicated as most important were group/teamwork, communication, respect, vision, and influence. The study results may encourage current administrators of academic libraries to prepare and plan professional development programming that includes these aspects of leadership for future leadership opportunities that will most likely be filled by Millennials. This may mean that supervisors as a result, need to redesign positions to take advantage of the teamwork interests and skills while also providing Millennials with more support on the other leadership attributes that they might not be as skilled in.
The article can be viewed in the UNL Libraries Digital Commons here: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libraryscience/310/