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Library and Information Center Management
10th Edition
by Ericka J. Patillo and Rebecca B. Vargha
March 2024, 548pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7943-2
$79.95, £62, 70€, A110
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.

A modern resource on management and leadership, incorporating an organizational behavior framework.

This textbook is an essential, one-stop tool for teaching management in library and information science programs.

Understanding the nature of the modern workplace is essential to an information professional’s career success. Staying true to Barbara B. Moran and Claudia J. Morner’s acclaimed work, new authors Ericka Patillo and Rebecca Vargha offer a timely shift in focus.

Incorporating suggestions from users of the previous edition of Library and Information Center Management, Patillo and Vargha organize the book by managerial functions, using an organizational behavior framework. This textbook teaches all members of a library organization how to understand themselves and what motivates them to work; how to get along with and work with others in the workplace; and how the organization, as a system, works, including its challenges and opportunities. Its six sections include an introduction to library and information center management, followed by sections on individuals in organizations, leading, organizational behavior, planning and evaluating, and managing libraries and information agencies.

A timely new chapter is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, supporting the infusion of DEI principles throughout the text, and more case studies are provided for real-world learning.


  • Incorporates equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts throughout the text
  • Includes an organizational behavior approach, acknowledging humans as critical to an organization's success
  • Offers many case studies to help students understand and use the material
  • Useful for any employees who want to understand how information agencies are organized and managed
Ericka J. Patillo, PhD, MSLS, has been a library leader in the higher education arena for more than 20 years. She has been a music librarian; a public services manager; a senior level administrator; and a teacher, adviser, and researcher. She currently works as director of graduate studies at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She honors her ancestors and their ways of knowing while working to co-create an academic library culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and authentic.

Rebecca B. Vargha, MSLS, FSLA, has nearly 45 years of experience as a librarian, teacher, and manager in diverse library and information settings. She is head and part-time faculty member at the Information and Library Science Library at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a past president and a fellow of the Special Libraries Association. Prior to her current library position, Vargha worked in an academic think tank, a telecommunications company, and a software company. She thrives on helping educate and mentor the next generation of information professionals.

Library and Information Science Text Series

Covering essential LIS skills and areas of study, Libraries Unlimited Library and Information Science Textbook Series brings you trusted, state-of-the-art resources from top faculty to help prepare and teach a wide variety of LIS courses. Specifically designed for full- and part-time faculty and students, these books are also solid professional resources for LIS practitioners.
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