Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and knowledge for an uncertain future examines the effects of disruptive change on libraries, library management and library managers and identifies the key skills and attitudes needed by the library leaders of today and tomorrow.
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.
This book will be essential reading for library managers, directors and aspiring leaders throughout the world.