Exploring Leader-Follower Duality and Role Identity in Library Middle Managers

Most formally titled leaders float between the roles of leader and follower depending on the context. Middle managers or middle leaders embody the dual roles of leader and follower: they assume leader attributes when hiring a new employee, but the same day or even hour may enact the role of follower to a supervisor. This session includes research about library middle leaders who transition and switch between two often competing roles. The exploratory study of women librarians from a variety of backgrounds details their relationships to top library leaders, their sense of agency and empowerment within their middle positions, and their perceptions of career limitations or challenges.

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Oct 08 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm




  • Gina Costello
    Gina Costello
    Associate Dean, Louisiana State University

    Gina Costello is the Associate Dean of Technology and Special Collections at LSU Libraries where she has worked since 2004. Prior to LSU she worked at the University of Tennessee and the University of Southern Mississippi. She has written and directed grants, including the “Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project” and “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an unknown past,” both funded by the National Endowment for Humanities. Costello has presented and published on librarianship and digitization and is a member of Core. She is the immediate past chair of the statewide Louisiana Digital Consortium and chair of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Advisory Board. Costello is also a PhD candidate in the LSU Educational Leadership & Research: Higher Education Administration program.