Practical and Effective Management of Libraries

Integrating Case Studies, General Management Theory and Self-Understanding


  • Richard Moniz, Jr., Johnson & Wales University, USA

Aimed at library science students and librarians with newly assigned administrative duties the book is about improving one’s thinking and decision making in a role as a library manager. Most librarians get very little exposure to management issues prior to finding themselves in a management role. Furthermore, most library science students do not expect that they will need to understand management yet they quickly find that there is a need to understand this perspective to be effective at almost any library job. Effective library management is about having some tools to make decisions (such as a basic understanding of management theory and how it applies in the library environment, understanding common traps we all fall into, etc.), knowing yourself, being able to motivate others, fostering a diversity (especially within workgroups), being able to communicate effectively, and having an understanding of one’s organizational culture. The book touches on all of these aspects of library management.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: January 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-578-7

Table of Contents

History of managerial thought: A brief overview; Psychology and knowing oneself: How do these affect management and decision-making? Motivating employees and fostering diversity; Organizational culture and socialization processes; Communication; Decision-making and leadership.