Aug 2013 | 576pp
CILIP members price: £43.95
Completely revised and expanded to reflect the rapidly changing sphere of information services, this comprehensive introduction to the management of libraries builds the basic skills good library managers must exercise. The authors offer an authoritative approach on the fundamental concepts of management while recognizing the diverse needs of different operating environments.
Drawing from examples of successful leadership techniques from a variety of services - archives, information brokers, libraries, records managements and more, this book demonstrates the most effective ways to plan, delegate, make decisions, communicate, and lead a team. Equal emphasis is placed on personal, fiscal, and technological issues, as well as a look at what the future may hold for incoming managers.
Readership: LIS educators, new and experienced librarians in management positions, students, and anyone wishing to acquire a sound knowledge of both the theory and practice of management within the changing information workforce.
"For anyone teaching management concepts to library and information science (LIS) students, you could find no better text to assign than Management basics for information professionals. For recent graduates, and those beginning supervisory roles, this is definitely a book to keep in your office."
- SLA Leadership and Management Division
"The two principal authors have professional experience in a variety of roles and organisations, and this is very evident in the attention to detail they bring to the subject. Overall, this is a comprehensive introduction to the management of libraries and will more than likely be a prescribed text for library science students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels."
- Australian Library Journal
"Evans, an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer, and Alire outline the basics of management for librarians. They describe the operating environment; managerial skill sets, including planning, power, accountability, responsibility, delegating, decision making, communicating, changing and innovating, assessment, quality control, operations, and marketing and advocacy; motivating and leading people, addressing diversity, and staffing; managing money, technology, and physical facilities; and managing one's career. This edition has new chapters on legal issues, building teams, and ethics; updates technological topics like social media; and adds new sidebars relating the authors' and advisory board members' experiences."
- Reference and Research Book News
"A very well thought through and well written text … I will include this book into the reading list of the next autumn courses on managing libraries and I would recommend it to other teachers working in this field. It also can be useful to those librarians who have changed their mind and finally decided to embark on a managerial career or simply look for some good materials that will help to augment their professional skills."
- Information Research
"This is an excellent title. In some ways, it is a textbook, but I prefer to see it as an overview of the management needs within our profession and for those who work in it. The book can be quietly browsed, reminding us of the various aspects to our profession. Coming into its third edition it has been a very successful title."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries
"This large tome is a distillation of theories, research, and best practices gathered by the authors and some library leaders who helped annotate the twenty-one chapters, three of which are new since the 2007 second edition. Despite the title, the book is for anyone working - or studying to work - in libraries, from entry-level professionals through directors…a printed resource that will repay reading many times over."
- Catholic Library World