Library Management 101: A Practical Guide

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Knowing the principles of general management is both useful and necessary for LIS students, but it s no less important to learn management techniques specific to the world of libraries. Created to fill a surprising educational void, this edited volume focuses on best practices from library management experts teaching in LIS programs across the country. Among the many topics discussed are

  • Classic and modern theories of management, and how they apply to the library
  • Human resource planning
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Negotiations, mediation, and financial management of the library
  • Facilities management
In addition to providing students with a solid foundation in library management, experienced managers will also benefit from the structured, practical knowledge included in this impressive volume.

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Lisa K. Hussey Dr. Lisa K. Hussey is an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. She has been teaching and researching management for over 13 years, beginning in her doctoral program, where she completed a certificate in Organizational Change and Conflict as part of her Ph.D. in LIS. Dr. Hussey has experience in management in libraries and in retail bookstores. She has also researched diversity within the profession and the role of community support in budget crisis.Diane L. Velasquez Dr. Diane L. Velasquez is the program director of the Information Management program and lecturer at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences at University of South Australia. Her research interests include website evaluation and assessment, digital libraries, reader’s advisory and librarians’ perception of readers of genre fiction but especially the romance genre. Dr. Velasquez has a PhD in LIS from the University of Missouri, an MLS for the University of Arizona, MBA in management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She spent over 20 years in corporate America before switching careers to librarianship and academe.

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Many graduate programs in library science unfortunately neglect to offer management courses, leaving freshly minted librarians to rely on outside experience or find their own training. Luckily, books like Library Management 101: A Practical Guide help fill the gap. Editor Velasquez, program director of the Library and Information Management program at the University of South Australia, brings more than 20 years of experience (as an assistant professor, researcher, and lecturer in the U.S.) to this text, with her belief that all librarians manage something, from collections to volunteers—even if they think they are not on the “management track.” The book pulls together best practices for management at all levels in public and academic libraries. Topics covered include classical and modern theories of management, human resources, strategic planning, leadership, change management, marketing, financial management, facilities management, and more. There is also a discussion of future trends in management. Contributors range from public library directors to academics to frontline managers. This book would make an excellent text for any library-management course as well as a good addition to the personal shelf of any librarian who would like to make the move into administration. --Rebecca Vnuk

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