Information Literacy, Leadership and Management

  • Sirje Virkus
  • Sigrid Mandre
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


One of the dominant features of successful development of information literacy is effective leadership and good management that is important at various levels of the university (at top management level, library level, school and faculty level, department level and programme level) and could enormously influence the development of information literacy. Therefore, a study was designed to investigate the views and understanding of top and middle managers on their activities and competencies in academic libraries. A constructivist approach and grounded theory methodology was used in this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with top and middle managers of seven Estonian academic libraries. This paper presents an overview of how information literacy and leadership is discussed in the library and information science literature, and selected results of the research project that shows how top and middle managers perceive the role of information literacy in their leadership role, activities and competencies.


Information literacy Leadership Management Academic libraries Grounded theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information StudiesTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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