Leading the way: the managerial skills of library managers in South African university libraries

  • Praversh Sukram
  • Ruth Hoskins


This study was undertaken in 2008 to determine the managerial skills of library managers in university libraries in South Africa. South African universities have experienced a large number of changes since 1994 which have inevitably affected the libraries of these universities. Library managers have been faced with a number of challenges. The study surveyed library managers and a selfadministered questionnaire was used to gather data. Of the 124 library managers 86 responded yielding a response rate of 69.4%. A crucial finding of the study was that more than half the library managers in university libraries had received management training. The library managers had performed various core managerial activates to a varying degree. The study therefore recommended that the principles of change management and leadership competencies should be work-shopped to all library managers.

Innovation, no.45, December 2012

Author Biographies

Praversh Sukram
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Library
Ruth Hoskins
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Information Studies Programme

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eISSN: 1025-8892