LEADERSHIP OF LITHUANIAN LIBRARIES IN RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL AGE

Prof. dr. Renaldas Gudauskas

“It is impossible to change organizations which do not accept the dangers of their present way of doing things. The task of leadership is to make the status quo more dangerous than launching into the unknown”.
Sir John Harvey-Jones, formerly Chairman ICI (Leading through leaders: driving strategy, execution and change, p. 118).

The current lack of global technology governance and the presence of cybersecurity blind spots increase the risk of fragmented cyberspace, which could deter nations growth and widen division within societies.  More and more libraries operate in complex, global and digital service ecosystems. Despite the increase in digital transformation adoption, many libraries are still struggling to translate strategy into success. The institutionalization of the digital transformation in libraries is the responsibility of transformational leaders, who are ultimately accountable for the design of the organization and it processes, systems and the development of its culture. Digital transformation it‘s libraries strategic imperative in order not only to survive in highly dynamic and competitive world, but also to become one of institutional leaders in 4IR.  Leaders in libraries need to view the organization as a single interconnected system of knowledge flows that can complement each other. It opens up opportunities to gain maximum value from the information and increase organizational intelligence and innovative competitiveness of the institution. With new strategic innovations like big data, artificial intelligence, fifth generation (5G), cloud computing, quantum computing and stronger integrations between disparate systems these solutions have the power to be transformative rather than restrictive in managing of digital complexity. The digital transformation isn‘t just about technology. The general purpose of digital transformation is to do good in our lives and society.

Estonian Librarians Association

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