The third edition of “Management Basics for Information Professionals”
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Reflecting the rapidly changing information services environment, the new third edition of the bestselling “Management Basics for Information Professionals,” by G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire, offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics. Evans and Alire also pay close attention to management in "new normal" straitened economic conditions and offer updates on technological topics like social media. Among the areas covered are:
- the managerial environment, including organizational skill sets, the importance of a people-friendly organization and legal issues;
- managerial skills such as planning, accountability, trust and delegation, decision making, principles of effective organizational communication, fostering change and innovation, quality control and marketing;
- key points on leadership, team-building and human resource management;
- budget, resource, and technology management;
- why ethics matter;
- tips for planning a library career, with a look at the work/life debate.
Evans is an administrator, researcher teacher, and writer. He holds several graduate degrees in anthropology and library and information science. As a researcher he has published in both fields and held a Fulbright (librarianship) and National Science Foundation (anthropology) Fellowship. His teaching experience has also been in both fields in the U.S. and the Nordic countries. Most of his administrative experience has been in private academic libraries - Harvard and Loyola Marymount Universities. He retired from full-time work as associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources. Author of numerous books, he consults for and volunteers at the Museum of Northern Arizona library and archives and Flagstaff City, Coconino Country Library System.
Alire is dean emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She is past-president of the ALA, ALA/APA, the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and also REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to the Spanish-speaking. She has co-authored books on library service to Latino communities and disaster planning and recovery. She was the first recipient of ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.
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