What I Did: In the Spring of 2019, Dr. Chow and I conducted research about the top qualities of library leaders and library employees and wrote a paper about the critical findings. We presented these findings as a poster presentation at the NCLA 63rd Biennial Conference in the Fall of 2019. We are currently in the process of submitting this paper to the Library Leadership & Management Journal. We were also recently invited to speak about our research on the Library Leadership Podcast hosted by Library Director Adriane Herrick Juarez.
What I Learned: I learned everything a student could possibly learn about conducting research! Some highlights would be: creating an online survey with Qualtrics Survey Software; gaining experience conducting interviews; analyzing data using techniques like thematic analysis and descriptive statistics; presenting a poster at a conference; and submitting a paper to a journal. I also learned that this field is ever-changing, and that what is expected of our leaders and employees is changing right along with it. The qualities that never seem to go out of favor though are empathy, vision, flexibility, and communication.