Book Companion Site
Library and Information Center Management, Eighth EditionBarbara B. Moran, Robert D. Stueart, and Claudia J. Morner
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Strategic Planning Documents
- Position Descriptions
- Organization Charts
- Performance Evaluation Forms
- Budget and Justification 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.