Managerial Leadership for Librarians
Thriving in the Public and Nonprofit World
by G. Edward Evans and Holland Christie
October 2017, 377pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4170-5
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When you thrive in your management and leadership role at your library, your career and your library benefit. This essential guide teaches you the concepts and strategies to facilitate excellence.

Putting library management into the unique context of the not-for-profit world, this work offers you invaluable guidance on how to manage your library effectively.

Managing a library presents a significantly different challenge than managing a small business, a corporation, or even a school or charity organization. To be effective managers and excel in their careers, librarians must understand their unique position in the social landscape and leverage that role to become influential leaders. This guide shows librarians how to make the most of their inherent skills and develop new leadership strengths in order to become better library managers, advance their careers, and sustain their libraries—in spite of changing environments and shrinking budgets.

The book examines many facets of managerial leadership, defines what managerial leadership is, and describes how to assess and increase leadership skills. The chapters also identify the constraints unique to libraries and explain how you can develop positive relationships with government boards, turn a vision into a practical strategic plan, and exercise fiscal control. You will gain invaluable knowledge about fund raising, developing political skills, advocacy and lobbying, and legal and ethical concerns, specifically in the library environment. The final section of the book is devoted to people skills—understanding yourself and others, developing staff, collaboration, negotiation, meetings and presentations, and creating future success.


  • Supplies an insightful career guide for library managers and administrators as well as those who wish to become managers or administrators
  • Provides practical advice and tools customized for library managers looking to excel in their careers and help their libraries by becoming better leaders
  • Presents information that is specifically for library management in the context of not-for-profit, educational operations rather than offering business-oriented advice
  • Useful as a text or as supplementary reading in management and advanced management courses
G. Edward Evans is an award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar who has been an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer. He formerly taught at the Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has substantial administrative experience at private academic libraries such as Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University. Evans retired from full-time work as associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources at Loyola Marymount University. He has written several best-selling textbooks, including Libraries Unlimited’s Collection Management Basics, Sixth Edition and Introduction to Library Public Services, Seventh Edition.

Holland Christie, MLS, is the public services manager at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, where she supervises the reference, circulation, and youth services departments. She is responsible for collection development, policies and procedures, programming, and a small archive. Christie holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in English from Northern Arizona University. She has served as a contributing editor on several fiction and nonfiction titles. Christie also has a diverse work history outside of the library world, including experience in the hospitality industry.


"This is a great book for those wanting to jump-start or enhance various aspects of their managerial leadership skills."—ARBA, June 1, 2018
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