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Evolving Information Leadership at the University of Sydney Library

In a global, connected society and an economy increasingly driven by information, knowledge, and ideas, equality of access to information is essential to the development of good governance, social inclusion and an informed, engaged population. So how might we, as librarians, advocates and educators, grow our strategic leadership capacity and influence change in a crowded and rapidly changing information environment?

Abstract
In a global, connected society and an economy increasingly driven by information, knowledge, and ideas(1), equality of access to information is essential to the development of good governance, social inclusion and an informed, engaged population.

As information specialists, librarians have a critical role to play in ensuring equality of access to information and facilitating knowledge creation. Digital disruption and rapid change in higher education, research and scholarly communication provide an opportunity for research libraries to influence change by leveraging the unique depth and breadth of expertise in the information and knowledge disciplines. However, traditional library structures and roles dilute or do not facilitate conversation with those key players who shape policy and set the strategic direction within their organisations, within scholarly publishing, and within the community more broadly.

So how might we, as librarians, advocates and educators, grow our strategic leadership capacity and influence change in a crowded and rapidly changing information environment?
In this paper you will hear about the ways in which the University of Sydney has carved out a deliberate space for information policy, positioning the Library as an information leader within the University community. By developing relationships with key portfolios the University Senior Executive, and external influencers, we seek to shape the development of information policy at University, regional and national levels.

We will explore our information leadership journey through a strategic project to align the work of the University library with that of the University, forge new projects and develop strategic partnerships. We’ll discuss models of engagement with our university and information communities, and share retrospective and recent case studies that demonstrate the impact of information policy decisions on the University community. We’ll examine upcoming policy priorities, and open a discussion to uncover what information leadership means to the THETA community.

Reference
(1) Faust, Drew. 2010 http://www.harvard.edu/president/speech/2010/role-university-changing-world