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Academic Libraries and Toxic Leadership by Alma Ortega

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Introduction: Why the Research on Academic Libraries and Toxic Leadership?

Academic libraries are usually described as places for research and study, and rarely does academic literature, or even informal literature (such as professional blogs) acknowledge the possibility of dysfunction and toxicity in relationships between upper management of libraries, on the one hand, and librarians or other library support staff, on the other. The topic of toxic leadership in academic libraries has been an interest of mine since late 2005. Over the years, I have spent time speaking to academic librarian colleagues about adverse leadership in their libraries. I have spoken primarily with women, because over 82% of professional librarians are women (DPE Research ...

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