In the Interim: Leadership Shorts from Three Interim Library Directors


  • Tom Bielavitz
  • Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
  • Kim Read


leadership, library administration, library leadership, interim leadership, succession planning


Leadership can take many forms. For some it is leading by example, while for some it is more authori-tarian, and yet others may have a team leadership model. Whatever the leadership model is, how does it change in a short term appointment? This article gives three perspectives from interim library leaders at different institutions. One is a large state university, one a private college, and one a smaller state uni-versity with a tech focus. While the institutions and the circumstances of the interim roles may be dif-ferent, there are similarities that cross all three.