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

Edited By

Steve O'Connor

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ISBN 9781783300211
Published October 7, 2015 by Facet Publishing
224 Pages

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Book Description

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.

With contributions from expert professional library leaders and educators , 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. As leading influencers of the professional thinking and management behaviours of the profession, the contributors apply their own unique perspectives to the challenges 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 book will be essential reading for library managers, directors and aspiring leaders throughout the world.

Table of Contents

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

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