So you want to be a leader? Examining pathways to special collections administration

Sarah M. Horowitz, Colleen W. Barrett

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This article seeks to understand the current state of the field of special collections library administration in the United States. Using a dataset gathered through publicly available information about special collections directors from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Independent Research Libraries Association (IRLA), and the Oberlin Group institutional members, the authors explore the educational backgrounds of directors, the types of positions they held prior to taking on their current roles, and the effect of gender on leadership advancement. This article also discusses the similarities and differences between institution types as well as promotions within institutions and across types of institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-692
Number of pages15
JournalCollege and Research Libraries
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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©2023 Sarah Horowitz and Colleen W. Barrett.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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