Evans's and Greenwell's updated management basics text

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/06/2020


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — The recipient of rave reviews from far and wide (Journal of Hospital Librarianship deemed it “a librarian’s dream … very forward-thinking”), since its first edition “Management Basics for Information Professionals,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, has served as an essential resource for both LIS students and practitioners. The new fourth edition offers an updated, comprehensive examination of the myriad basic skills effective library managers must exercise throughout their careers. Throughout, G. Edward Evans and new co-author Stacey Greenwell pay close attention to management in "new normal" straitened economic conditions and the pervasive impact of technology on a library manager’s role. This book’s coverage includes:

  • a new focus on how being in the public/nonprofit sector influences the application of management basics such as planning, accountability, trust and delegation, decision making, principles of effective organizational communication, fostering change and innovation, quality control, and marketing;
  • the managerial environment, organizational skill sets, the importance of a people-friendly organization, and legal issues;
  • key points on leadership, team-building, and human resource management;
  • budget, resource, and technology management;
  • management ethics, with a lengthy discussion of why ethics matter; and
  • tips for planning a library career, with a look at the work/life debate.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Evans, PhD, is a semi-retired, award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar. He holds several graduate degrees in anthropology and library and information science (LIS). Throughout his career, he has been an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer. As a researcher, he has published in both anthropology and librarianship. Evans has extensive administrative experience in private academic libraries such as Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University. He retired from full-time work as associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources at Loyola Marymount University. Greenwell, EdD, has served the University of Kentucky Libraries since 2001 in several roles, including associate dean for academic affairs and research, head of the Information Commons, and head of Desktop Support. Greenwell is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has held numerous leadership roles in the organization including chair of the Information Technology Division and founding chair of the Academic Division. She is a standing committee member for the Education and Training Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and is a standing member of the Programme Committee for the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). She is a frequent conference presenter and has taught an academic libraries course for the iSchools at Syracuse University and the University of Kentucky.

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