Practical and Effective Management of Libraries

Practical and Effective Management of Libraries

Integrating Case Studies, General Management Theory and Self-Understanding

1st Edition - January 20, 2010

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  • Author: Richard Moniz, Jr.
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345787
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630236

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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.

Key Features

  • Provides a concise understanding of theories from management, psychology, etc. and applies them to practical every day library issues
  • Contains real world cases for considering how theoretical concepts might apply in real library-related situations
  • Cuts out much of the extraneous material often found in books of this kind and focuses more on what you actually need


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • About the author

    List of acronyms


    Chapter 1: History of managerial thought: a brief overview

    Frederick Winslow Taylor and scientific management

    Max Weber and bureaucratic management

    Henri Fayol and the five functions of management

    Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne studies

    Doug McGregor and Theory X and Theory Y

    Kurt Lewin and open systems theory

    Contingency theories

    Robert Greenleaf and servant leadership


    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: Diane takes on a challenge

    Project ideas

    Chapter 2: Psychology and knowing oneself: how do these affect management and decision-making?

    General personality tests

    Annual performance reviews/appraisals

    360-degree feedback

    Informal feedback and coaching

    Daniel Goleman and emotional intelligence

    Robert Greenleaf and servant leadership

    Stephen Covey and the seven habits

    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: Jekyll and Hyde?

    Project ideas

    Chapter 3: Motivating employees and fostering diversity

    Needs theories

    Motivator-hygiene theory

    Equity theory

    Victor Vroom and expectancy theory

    Edwin Locke and goal-setting theory

    Other ways to motivate

    Diversity and respect

    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: John needs to light a fire

    Case study: action needed

    Project ideas

    Chapter 4: Organizational culture and socialization processes

    Organizational culture: what is it and where did it come from?

    Organizational culture: how do we know what it is in a given organization?


    The socialization process

    Maintaining and fostering change in organizational culture

    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: Mary wants to hear… or does she?

    Case study: Lisa learns her way

    Project ideas

    Chapter 5: Communication

    Fundamentals of communication

    Traditional ways of communicating

    New ways of communicating


    Directional communication


    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: she said what!? …to whom!?

    Case study: they posted what!?

    Case study: who is in charge here?

    Project ideas

    Chapter 6: Decision-making and leadership

    Some pitfalls and biases in decisionmaking

    Some models for making decisions



    Leading change

    Final thoughts on leadership

    Thoughts for consideration or discussion

    Case study: the Winslow Homer Institute for Art

    Project ideas

    Appendix: sample of a basic annual plan



Product details

  • No. of pages: 158
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: January 20, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345787
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630236

About the Author

Richard Moniz, Jr.

Dr Richard Moniz is the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte Campus and an adjunct professor for the Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to his current position he served as the Director of Library Services and Head of Information Technology at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus. He has taught undergraduate classes in history and computers as well as the graduate classes in Information Sources and Services and Library Administration and Management which he currently teaches for UNC-G. He has published in Library Journal, College & Undergraduate Libraries, and Library Leadership and Management. In addition to serving as President of Metrolina Library Association in 2007, Dr. Moniz currently serves on the American Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management’s Planning and Evaluating Library Services and Continuing Education committees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Johnson & Wales University, USA

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