Library and Information Center Management
Aside from the sweeping changes brought about by the digital revolution, libraries are experiencing debilitating budget cuts due to the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. Now more than ever, libraries need sharp, skilled, and informed managers at all levels in order to address these new challenges in the world of information provision.
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This updated edition of the renowned library management textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the techniques needed to effectively manage a contemporary library or information center.
Library and Information Center Management: Eighth Edition continues to be an essential textbook that provides a complete introduction to library management. It supplies a comprehensive, one-volume overview of all the functions of management specifically applied to the modern library environment.
This latest revised and updated edition begins with introductory chapters that discuss the roles of library managers in the past and in the present, explain why library staff must rethink their purpose, and document the inadequacy of management techniques that once seemed appropriate. In addition to discussing key planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling strategies, the book also provides chapters on marketing, facilities management, and fundraising. The final chapter provides young managers with invaluable guidance and addresses the challenges of succeeding in management without the benefit of decades of experience.
- Supplies a comprehensive overview of all essential managerial functions
- Places today’s management challenges in context with those of the past
- Includes coverage of new areas including fundraising and facilities management
- Provides additional materials via a supporting website, including examples of specific management techniques, source material, and case studies
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- Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Managing in Today’s Libraries and Information Centers
Chapter 2: The Evolution of Management Thought
Chapter 3: Change—The Innovative Process
Chapter 4: Strategic Planning—Decision Making and Policy
Chapter 5: Planning and Maintaining Library Facilities
Chapter 6: Marketing Information Services
Chapter 7: Organizations and Organizational Culture
Chapter 8: Structuring the Organization—Specialization and Coordination
Chapter 9: The Structuring of Organizations
Section 4—Human Resources
Chapter 10: Staffing the Library
Chapter 11: The Human Resources Functions in the Library
Chapter 12: Other Issues in Human Resource Management
Chapter 13: Motivation
Chapter 14: Leadership
Chapter 15: Ethics
Chapter 16: Communication
Chapter 17: Participative Leadership and the Use of Teams in Libraries
Chapter 18: Measuring, Evaluating, and Coordinating Organizational Performance
Chapter 19: Fiscal Responsibility and Control
Chapter 20: Library Development and Fundraising
Section 7--Managing in the 21st Century
Chapter 21: Managers: The Next Generation
"In this time of stressed budgets managers will appreciate the chapters on fundraising, facilities management, and marketing for today's library. This textbook remains the best introductory source on library management, and this revision is welcome."
- Student Resources
- One of the major advantages of a website over a printed text is that it can be updated and expanded. We welcome suggestions from readers and users of the textbook for new items to be added to the site. And, if you have exercises or case studies of your own that you think would be useful, we invite you to share them with your colleagues through this website. Of course, credit would be given to anyone who submits materials that are used.
An examination of case studies is a traditional and valuable means to gain insight into the solution of management problems without directly experiencing them in the real world. This section of the website contains a number of case studies arranged according to the sections of Library and Information Center Management. Some of these cases been written by the authors and others by their students or colleagues. Others have been taken (and in some cases updated) from A. J. Anderson's Problems in Library Management (Libraries Unlimited,1981). These selections have been reproduced here with the kind permission of the author.
Case Studies/Human Resources
Budget Case Studies
This section of the website contains case studies that pertain to budgeting in various types of libraries and information centers. The authors have used these case studies both with individual students and with groups. The culminating part of the exercise is typically a budget presentation in which the presenter(s) advocate in front of a group for the budget requests made.
Academic Library Budget Cases
Public Library Budget Cases
Special Library Budget Cases
Corporate Setting Budget Cases
School Library Budget Cases
This section of the web site includes experiential learning exercises and activities that can be used as supplementary material in LIS management classes. Such exercises often generate a great deal of interest and involvement because students are able to experience first hand some of the activities of managers. These exercises are a useful companion to the use of case studies in making the challenges of management more "real" to students who have not yet experienced them.
In Basket Exercises
Getting to Know Yourself
The Management Portfolio
The NASA Lost on the Moon Exercise
One of the best ways of learning about any aspect of management is to see what other organizations have done. Thanks to the generosity of library managers from around the world, we are able to present a large number of examples of various types of library policies and documents. These examples can be used to examine current library practices including the variation among libraries in how certain issues are addressed. The examples provided fall into the following categories.
Performance Evaluation Forms
Budgets and Budget Forms
The Internet provides a relatively new but very valuable source of material for managers of all types. This section of the website provides links to other web resources that give examples or explain processes in greater detail. Because of the rapid changes in librarianship, websites can be very important as guides to managers trying to keep abreast of current trends.