Managing Academic Libraries

Managing Academic Libraries

Principles and Practice

1st Edition - June 30, 2014

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  • Author: Susan Higgins
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346210
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633114

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Managing Academic Libraries: Principles and Practice is aimed at professionals within the Library and Information Services (LIS) who are interested in learning more about the management of academic libraries. Written against a backdrop made up of the changes that digital technology has brought to academic libraries, this book uncovers how the library has changed its meaning from a physical to virtual icon and its effect on culture. The book aims to provide managers and students of LIS at all levels with the necessary management principles and practices needed to respond proactively to diverse audiences, while also keeping a focus on the purposes of higher education. In addition, readers will find an examination of various aspects of library management and reviews on key management techniques that can be used for successful interpretation and implementation of academic library mission statements.

Key Features

  • Provides tactics on how to manage the centrality of learning and reading in academic libraries
  • Includes best practices on managing a learning organization
  • Covers proactive management principles and practices that are needed to respond to diverse audiences


Librarians, Students and Information Professionals

Table of Contents

    • Series Page
    • Dedication
    • About the Author
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Managing the Centrality of Learning, Reading, Individual Inquiry, and Public Service
      • 1.1. Information Versus Reading
      • 1.2. The Information-Literate Person
      • 1.3. Global Outlook
      • 1.4. Academic Libraries and Student Success
      • 1.5. Theories of Reading, Learning, and Literacy
      • 1.6. Teaching, Research, and Public Service
      • 1.7. Academic Libraries in Transition
      • 1.8. Strategies for Academic Libraries
    • Chapter 2. Managing the Impact of Scholarly Publications
      • 2.1. Introduction
      • 2.2. Economics and Technology
      • 2.3. More Economics and Technology
    • Chapter 3. Library and Information Science as a Discipline
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Information Literacy in LIS Discipline
      • 3.3. Relationships Between LIS and IL
    • Chapter 4. Managing Higher-Order Thinking Skills
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. Information Literacy
      • 4.3. Critical Thinking in Library Organizations
      • 4.4. Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Academic Libraries
    • Chapter 5. Managing and Marketing Resources
      • 5.1. Introduction
      • 5.2. Program, Service, and Audience
      • 5.3. Managing Marketing
      • 5.4. Elements of Marketing
      • 5.5. Putting It All Together
    • Chapter 6. Managing Digital Collections
      • 6.1. Introduction
      • 6.2. Eresources
      • 6.3. Digital Collections
      • 6.4. Collection Assessment
      • 6.5. The Role of Managers and Administrators
      • 6.6. Conclusions
    • Chapter 7. Learning Organizations and Competitive Intelligence
      • 7.1. Introduction
      • 7.2. More on the Learning Organization
      • 7.3. The Community and User Focus
      • 7.4. The Canary in the Mine
      • 7.5. Competitive Intelligence and the Publishing Industry
    • Chapter 8. Managing the Benefits of Academic Libraries
      • 8.1. Introduction
      • 8.2. Focus on the User
      • 8.3. Focus on Management
      • 8.4. Focus on Human Resources
      • 8.5. Focus on Collegiality
      • 8.6. Focus on Strategic Planning
      • 8.7. Return on Investment
      • 8.8. Community Informatics
      • 8.9. Conclusions
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 110
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2016
  • Published: June 30, 2014
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346210
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633114

About the Author

Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins is an Assistant Professor with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science. She has worked at NTU University in Singapore, and Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. She has previously published a book entitled Youth Services and Public Libraries, which has been translated into Serbian. Her research interests include academic and international librarianship, and youth services and education for Library and Information Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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