SILS Alumnus, Gene R. Springs, Edits e-Book “Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources”

May 14, 2014

Gene SpringsGene R. Springs (MSLS ‘06), an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has co-edited the book titled Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources.

According to the book’s description, “As the baby boomer generation begins to retire, the focus shifts to the next generation of global leaders in diverse industries. Within the field of library science, succession planning has become a topic of interest to ensure the success of future libraries as the workforce shifts and enable up-and-coming leaders.” It goes on to state, “Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources provides valuable insight into the process of implementing succession planning in libraries. This book delves into the challenges and possibilities of a succession plan’s effect on the success of library organizations. Human resources officers, library administrators, academicians, and students will find this book beneficial to furthering their understanding of current practice in succession planning.”

Springs, assistant professor and business librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, co-edited the book with University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor and science librarian in the University Libraries, Kyomi D. Deards. The foreword, which asks the question, “Is librarianship prepared for the future?” was written by another SILS alumnus, Megan Z. Perez (MSLS ’07), client services manager at Sharp Hue Web Design. 

The book is available through the publisher, IGI Global at: