Practical Strategies for Academic Library Managers
Leading with Vision through All Levels
by Frances C. Wilkinson and Rebecca L. Lubas, Editors
November 2015, 168pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-889-4
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With this practical guide, you can find the rhythm of keeping strategic goals in mind while being an active worker.

Looking for tips on how to work towards your overall vision while remaining productive on the frontlines? The book gives you fresh ideas for balancing your managerial duties with day-to-day responsibilities in the academic library.

A compilation of ideas from noted leaders in academic librarianship, this book explores a wealth of topics, including budgeting, human resources, facilities, collections, and IT. There is also helpful advice that will help you navigate emerging areas of librarianship, such as blended librarianship, cross-institutional collaboration, and marketing the library. You will learn how to manage, lead, and address specific library areas—all at once.

Practical Strategies for Academic Library Managers: Leading with Vision through All Levels is ideal for current professionals with an expanded scope of responsibilities and those who have had administrative duties for some time, but are looking for new techniques for being a better manager. The book includes an introduction written by the editors, who are both associate deans in university libraries. Each chapter is written by a different expert in the field, providing a rich array of approaches and perspectives.


  • Presents the first approach to managing, leading, and practicing simultaneously
  • Incorporates chapters written by 10 different experts from organizations across the country
  • Addresses the need for professionals with expanding management roles to engage higher administration
  • Includes a foreword written by a former ALA president
Frances C. Wilkinson, EdD, MLS, is senior associate dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences and a professor of librarianship at the University of New Mexico. She has twice served as interim dean of University Libraries and been a column editor for a peer-reviewed professional journal and on several national editorial boards. She has coauthored or edited five books and authored or coauthored more than 50 articles and book chapters. She was the recipient of the ALA-ALCTS Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award in 2000 and the James F. Zimmerman Award for Excellence in Administrative Service in 2003. She holds a master's degree in public administration and a doctorate of education from the University of New Mexico as well as a Master of Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Rebecca L. Lubas, MLIS, is associate dean of the Claremont Colleges Library. Previously, she was the director of discovery, acquisitions, and consortial services at the University of New Mexico Libraries, where she coordinated technical services and the LIBROS Consortium of New Mexico academic libraries. Prior to that, she was the head of cataloging and metadata services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries. Her published works include Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments and The Metadata Manual. She received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Louisiana State University, a master's degree in English literature from Ball State, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.


"I would recommend this book for purchase by current, working library managers and those interested in library management in the academic library setting. Current library managers, like myself, fall into comfortable niches eventually (in my case after 17 years) and find ourselves with knowledge gaps. Wilkinson and Lubas, along with their contributors, have put together a work that bridges those knowledge gaps. Those interested in library management or newly thrust into a library management role will benefit from the sound, practical advice provided in this book."—Technical Services Quarterly, October 26, 2016
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