"In Transition: The Special Nature of Leadership Change." Journal of Library Administration 52:133-144.2012. Research libraries are in a time of major transitions and changes. Research library leadership is also transitioning. This article defines transition, explores its many manifestations, and provides strategies and tools for institutions and individuals dealing with transitional environments. Transition provides special opportunities and challenges for research libraries moving forward, no only at the administrative level but at all levels of the organization.