Management Basics for Information Professionals, 4th edition

Mar 2020 | 352pp

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Management Basics for Information Professionals, 4th edition


Since its initial publication this text has served as an essential resource for both LIS students and practitioners. Journal of Hospital Librarianship deemed it ‘a librarian’s dream… very forward-thinking.’ The new fourth edition offers an updated, comprehensive examination of the myriad of basic skills effective library managers must exercise throughout their careers.

Throughout, G.Edward Evans and new co-author Stacey Greenwell pay close attention to management in ‘new normal’ straitened economic conditions and the pervasive impact of technology on a library manager’s role.

Coverage includes:

  • a new focus on how being in the public/non-profit sector influences the application of management basics such as planning, accountability, trust and delegation, decision-making, principles of effective organizational communication, fostering change and innovation, quality control, and marketing
  • the managerial environment, organizational skill sets, the importance of a people-friendly organization, and legal issues
  • key points on leadership, team-building, and human resource management
  • budget, resource, and technology management
  • management ethics, with a lengthy discussion of why ethics matter and
  • tips for planning a library career, with a look at the work/life debate.

Readership: This book, to quote Australian Library Journal, is ‘a recommended text for library science students, but is also an excellent source of information for career librarians wanting to refresh their knowledge of library management in a fast-moving information services environment.’

List of Illustrations


Part 1    Background
Chapter 1    Introduction
Chapter 2    Environmental Issues
Chapter 3    Legal Issues
Chapter 4    Leadership
Chapter 5    Ethics

Part II        Managerial Functions
Chapter 6     Accountability, Authority, Power, and Delegation
Chapter 7    Vision, Mission, and Planning
Chapter 8    Assessment, Quality Control, and Operations
Chapter 9    Decision Making
Chapter 10    Change Management
Chapter 11    Communication
Chapter 12    Advocacy and Marketing

Part III    Managing People
Chapter 13    Staffing
Chapter 14    Enhancing Performance
Chapter 15    Managing Diversity
Chapter 16    Motivating Staff

Part IV    Managing Things
Chapter 17    Managing Money
Chapter 18    Income Generation
Chapter 19    Managing Technology
Chapter 20    Managing Facilities

Part V    Managing Yourself and Your Career
Chapter 21    Other Managerial Skills
Chapter 22    Creating Your Career

About the Authors

Praise for the third edition:

"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

G. Edward Evans PhD is associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources at Loyola Marymount University. Evans He has been an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer, and he is an award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar with extensive administrative experience in private academic libraries. He Dr Evans has published in both anthropology and librarianship, teaching in both fields in the USA and Scandinavia. He spends his semi-retirement years volunteering at the Museum of Northern Arizona, serving on the Foundation board for the Flagstaff City–Coconino County Library System, and doing professional writing.

Stacey Greenwell EdD is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and a standing committee member for the Education and Training Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She is a standing member of the Programme Committee for the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). A frequent conference presenter, Dr Greenwell has taught an academic libraries course for the iSchools at Syracuse University and the University of Kentucky. She has served the University of Kentucky Libraries since 2001, as associate dean for academic affairs and research, head of the Information Commons, and head of Desktop Support.


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