Library management in disruptive times

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/19/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Helping readers to envision the purpose and value of future libraries and see change as a rare opportunity to create truly new roles for librarians, “Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and Knowledge for an Uncertain Future,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a dynamic new collection edited by Steve O'Connor. Featuring contributions from expert professional library leaders and educators, it offers thought-provoking perspectives on the challenge of the current operating environment across a range of library types, library professional associations and geographic regions. As leading influencers of the professional thinking and management behaviors 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; and
  • planning for the future.

O’Connor is editor of the journal Library Management, adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University, UK 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. He has conducted workshops on library futures and scenario planning across Australia and China, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or