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Purpose –The paper aims to emphasize library leaders' perspectives on leadership and leadership development in the United Arab Emirates' (UAE)'s academic libraries to shed light on identifying best practices to improve the present condition.
Design/methodology/approach– The researchers comprehensively reviewed the appropriate literature related to academic leadership in libraries and the skills required to develop and transform the libraries in the digital age.
Findings –The researchers identified a severe scarcity of inspirational and transformation leaders who influenced the academic institutions' decision-makers to get all types of support and cooperation to enhance the quality service delivery with all the required resources to the patrons of different disciplines.
Research limitations/implications – The study is limited to collect the opinions of only library leaders of academic institutions who are mostly working in the two emirates, viz., Dubai and Sharjah.
Practical implications – The study is beneficial to all the types of academic libraries which require productive leadership by modifying all the managerial functions to direct its future with a more focused approach.
Originality/value – The present research paper is the first of its kind from the middle east part of the world and offers a comprehensive overview of the UAE library leadership and its present state of affairs.