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Patillo Lecture: What does “middle management” mean in academic libraries?

Ericka Patillo, associate dean of libraries at Appalachian State University, will be at the UT School of Information Sciences on Friday, April 27 to present her lecture,”What does “middle management” mean in academic libraries?” The lecture will be held in the Scripps Theater in the communications building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The academic library middle manager role is little understood and understudied. Librarians are often asked to serve as managers, despite inadequate training and development in managerial competencies. In this talk, Patillo will present results of a multi-method study which was conducted to better understand the librarian’s role as middle manager.  This study included document analysis, psychometric scales, multiple-perspective interviews, and naturalistic observation. Findings revealed potential competency areas for LIS programs, library organizations, and middle managers themselves.

Ericka Patillo, PhD, focuses her research on organizational behavior, assessment and academic library middle managers.  She earned a MSLS and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from Old Dominion University in Music History.

All UT School of Information Sciences students and alumni, as well as the public, are welcome to attend. For more information call the School at (865) 974-2148.