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Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and knowledge for an uncertain future


Is the traditional library business model a victim of disruptive digital technologies?
Library Management in Disruptive Times identifies the key skills and attitudes needed by the library leaders of today and tomorrow and delivers a balanced view of the future of the profession.
Contributed to by expert professional library leaders and educators from across the globe, this edited collection offers thought-provoking perspectives on the challenge of the current operating environment across a range of library sectors, library professional associations and geographic regions. Each author brings their own particular area of expertise and perspective on to consider the effects of disruptive change in libraries globally.
Key topics covered include:

  • Leading change
  • Management fads and their impact on libraries
  • User engagement
  • The value of collaboration and consortia
  • Library management and the global economic crisis Agile management techniques
  • The role of professional associations in redefining the profession
  • Developing management skills on the job
  • Planning for the future.

This dynamic collection helps readers to envision the purpose and value of future libraries and to see change as a rare opportunity to create truly new roles for librarians.
Readership: This will be essential reading for library managers, directors and aspiring leaders throughout the world.

Introduction - Steve O'Connor
1. Leading change – knowledge for success - Ian Smith
2. Management fads and fashions and their impact on the LIS community - Bill Fisher
3. The 5 rules of engagement for librarians – à la Ranganathan's Laws of Library Science - Choy Fatt Cheong
4. Library management, disruption and consortia – an Australian example - Michael Robinson 5. No regrets; just lessons: economic crisis is changing our life and the management of libraries - Petros Kostagiolas 6. Introducing agile principles and management to a library organization - Daniel Forsman
7. The role of professional associations in changing times - Susan Henczel
8. And the walls came tumbling down … the library profession confronts all-invasive new managerialism - Colin Storey
9. 'What is behind the meaning of disruption or … thinking of management strategies from the other side' - Steve O'Connor

Steve O'Connor is the Editor of the journal Library Management, Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and the Director of Information Exponentials. He is the author of over 60 articles and a frequent presenter at international library and information management conferences and has conducted workshops on library futures and scenario planning across Australia and China, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

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