E.J. JOSEY: POLICY, POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN LIBRARY

Report
E.J. Josey:
A Transformative Leader in the
Modern Library Profession
Renate Chancellor, Ph.D.
CUA School of Library & Information Science
January 30, 2009
E.J.J Early Chronology
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Born in Norfolk, Virginia, 1924
Served in the Army, 1943-1946
A.B in Music, Howard University, 1949
Master’s in History, Columbia University, 1950
Master’s Library Science, SUNY, 1952
E.J.J Professional Roles
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Free Library of Philadelphia (1953)
Delaware State College (1955-1959)
Savannah State Library (1959-1966)
Chief Bureau of New York (1966-1986)
University of Pittsburgh (1986-1995)
E.J.J Major Contributions
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Introduced historic resolution that prevented ALA
officials from associating with state library
associations that refused membership to everyone,
1964
Founded the Black Caucus of the ALA, 1970
President of the ALA in 1984
Published 300+ articles and 13 monographs
Research Questions
Two overarching research questions:
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What is the impact of Josey’s
leadership on the LIS profession?
In what ways did he transform the
profession?
Theoretical Framework
Transformative leader is a person who can guide,
direct, and influence others to bring about a
fundamental change; both externally and through
internal processes (Burns, 1978).
Bernard Bass Model (1985)
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Idealized Influence (leader becomes role model)
Inspirational Motivation (motivator, provides
meaning and challenge)
Intellectual Stimulation (creativity)
Individual Consideration (mentoring)
Methodology
Historical Method - Techniques and
guidelines that use primary sources and
other evidentiary materials to research
and write history
Data-Gathering
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oral history interviews
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documentary research
Oral History
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30 oral history interviews
Contemporaries, Colleagues & Adversaries
Documentary Research
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ALA Archives
University of Pittsburgh Archives
North Carolina Central University
Savannah State College
State University of New York, Albany
Findings
Josey is a transformative leader
 Exhibited signs of leadership as a child
 Community had a major role in his development as a
leader
- family
- church
- school
- professional work environment
 Colleagues (librarians and library educators agree with
his contemporaries
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Thank You!

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