Distributing leadership and cultivating dialogue with collaborative EBIP

Denise Pan, Zaana Howard
2010 Library Management  
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the efficacy of collaborative Evidence Based Information Practice (EBIP) as an organizational effectiveness model. Design/methodology/approach: Shared leadership, appreciative inquiry and knowledge creation theoretical frameworks provide the foundation for change toward the implementation of a collaborative EBIP workplace model. Collaborative EBIP reiterates the importance of gathering the best available evidence, but it differs by shifting
more » ... cision making authority from 'library or employer centric' to 'user or employee centric.' Findings: University of Colorado Denver Auraria Library Technical Services department created a collaborative EBIP environment by flattening workplace hierarchies, distributing problem solving and encouraging reflective dialogue. By doing so, participants are empowered to identify problems, create solutions, and become valued and respected leaders and followers. Practical implications: In an environment where library budgets are in jeopardy, recruitment opportunities are limited and the workplace is in constant flux, the Auraria Library case study offers an approach that maximizes the capability of the current workforce and promotes agile responsiveness to industry and organizational challenges. Originality/value: Collaborative EBIP is an organizational model demonstrating a process focusing first on the individual and moving to the collective to develop a responsive and high performing business unit, and in turn, organization.
doi:10.1108/01435121011071193 fatcat:rajyg43obbaehlnypmguyklt4a