Library Management for the Digital Age

A New Paradigm

By (author) Julie Todaro

Publication date:

05 June 2014

Length of book:

386 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442230699

This revolutionary introduction to library management is the first conceived in and written for a digital age. Julie Todaro, one of America’s leading management experts, posits a new paradigm for planning, administering, and assessing library services. She explains each facet of administering both “old” (physical) and “new” (virtual) libraries.

Library Management for the Digital Age covers

  • hierarchies,
  • policies,
  • communication,
  • working relationships,
  • facilities,
  • human resources,
  • settings,
  • customer services,
  • budgeting,
  • emergency management,
  • appendixes including model positions descriptions, interview questions, evaluation forms, and other necessary management tools.

Each chapter concludes with an illustration of the old-to-new paradigm shift in that particular aspect of management as well as concise case studies that illustrate the real-world nature of the shift and discussion questions to facilitate active learning.

A platinum-quality editorial board comprised of both LIS faculty and expert library managers has reviewed this book in order to ensure authority.

This book would be an excellent resource for library school students as well as a good refresher for library managers and directors. It contains useful case studies and a comparison of paradigms. The author illustrates the difference between past management methods and those that will apply to libraries in the future. It also shows that more leadership skills need to be incorporated into library management training and that the path for new librarians to become the next managers and leaders of the profession is always growing more complex. Flexibility is very important as new services continue to pop up and old services are dropped. Switching from old paradigms to newer, constantly changing paradigms is never easy, but this source provides help through a variety of comparisons of old and new, highlighting budgeting, policies, communication, facilities, human resources, customer services, emergency management, and many other issues vital to the management of a library. In addition, planning, administering, and assessing services for both physical and virtual libraries are covered.