What does successful academic library management look like in the real world?

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/13/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052


CHICAGO — LIS instructors, students, and academic library practitioners will all find enrichment from “Academic Library Management: Case Studies,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. Editors Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks, all administrators at large research libraries, here present a selection of case studies from a range of practicing academic library managers. This book:

  • spotlights case studies equally useful for LIS students and current managers;
  • touches upon such key issues as human resource planning, public relations, financial management, organizational culture, and ethics and confidentiality;
  • examines how to manage radical change, using project management methodology to reorganize technical services, creating a new liaison service model, advancing a collaborative future, and setting up on-the-spot mentoring;
  • discusses digital planning for archives and special collections;
  • rejects “one size fits all” solutions to common challenges in academic libraries in favor of creative problem solving; and
  • provides guidance on how to use case studies as effective models for positive change at one’s own institution.

Dearie currently serves as Interim University Librarian at the University of California San Diego where she is leading advances in digital innovation and preservation efforts, and is a proponent of copyright protection in the digital age. She is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Access Services and the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserve. Meth is the associate dean, Research and Learning Services at the Florida State University (FSU) Libraries. His portfolio includes responsibility for the Learning Commons (undergraduate services), Scholars Commons (graduate and faculty services), and STEM Libraries as well as the Assessment and Engagement units of the University Libraries. Westbrooks is University librarian and vice provost for University Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill. She provides support for the research enterprise’s short- and long-term objectives as well as operational leadership to subject specialists who represent the arts and humanities, social sciences, international studies, and science and engineering. She is the coeditor of "Metadata in Practice."

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