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Library and Information Center Management (Library and Information Science Text Series) Hardcover – September 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1563085932 ISBN-10: 1563085933 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 5 edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563085933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563085932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,348,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any textbook that reaches its sixth edition has achieved classic status! Stueart was a longtime professor and dean at Simmons College. Moran has been a professor and dean at the University of North Carolina. Their challenge is to apply the best practices from the management discipline in a meaningful way to the institutions and operations of library and information science (LIS) and at the same time to make this non-LIS field interesting to LIS students. They meet this challenge by examining through a management lens the basic processes and operations of LIS institutions: evolution (of management as a facilitative process), planning, organizing, staffing (human resources), leading, and coordinating. Illustrations, tables, and sources abound. All this is backed up with a "living" Web site with updated readings, case studies, exercises, exhibits, and a discussion forum [http://www.eLearning@lu.com/management]. This volume serves the needs of LIS students well. RBB
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?Updates and significantly reorganizes the content of the the previous edition....It is expected that the sixth edition of Library and Information Center Management will follow its predecessor as a staple of library and information courses.?-Technical Services Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm almost tempted to turn in my LIS professor to the Hague tribuinal for "Crimes against Humanity" for assigning us this textbook. This has got to be the most boring, pedandic,
jargon-ridden, vacuous text...page after page of blather with less true intellectual content than the average soundbite and conclusions so plain and commonsensical you wonder why you bothered reading most of these chapters at all. I'd pick Will Manley's amusing ramblings & observations any day over this
worthless tome. This textbook feels like it was designed for MBA students originally, then an editor threw in obligatory references to "library & information centers" and viola, instant "Library Science" textbook. Yet one more sign/symbol of librarianship fawing a bit to much on corporate models and methods instead of staying true to their own roots, unique missions and objectives as public service agencies. Read Michael Gorman's _Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century_ if you want a real orientation on what being a librarian (and thus a library director) are all about.
Heck, I bet most thoughtful LIS professors could put together
reading lists of enough LJ articles discussing "library & information center management" that would be far more rewarding and informative to new LIS students seeking their MLS than this textbook ever could hope to be. Avoid this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I could go on and on about what a useless snoozefest this book was, but another reader has already done a far better job. Please see the review entitled "Boring, pedandic...more useful for MBA than MLS"-- it hits the nail right on the head.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hrladyship on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dull reading is not helped by repetitive statements in this management textbook. Stueart and Moran add to textbooks' reputation for dullness and difficult reading. The authors give long definitions for terms that must already be understood by a large portion of the population, but use specialized terms long before an explanation is given in the text. One can only hope that there are better management textbooks and that most professors choose those.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By American in Montreal on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was required reading for the management class in my MLIS program. Wondering if amazon offered it for a better price than my school bookstore did, I came here... only to be very upset by the reviews! I dreaded reading this book. In the end, I didn't find the book to be anywhere near as bad as most reviewers suggest it is.

Yes, it feels like a textbook written for a traditional management class with words like "in a library and information center" thrown in at the end of sentences in an attempt to make the material seem relevant. Yes, the writing is not great - in many places, it is not concise and half a sentence could be removed while keeping its meaning intact. But, it's not a terrible book. My view of it may have to do with the fact that I have a social science background and am actually quite interested in management concepts, which, at base, have a lot to do with psychology. My view may also be colored by the fact that I have an excellent professor who makes the rather dull book come alive through interesting lectures and weekly group case discussions. I suspect that the views of many other reviewers are colored by the fact that they simply have no interest in the subject matter contained in this book. Around 95% of my management class is annoyed by the fact that they have to take a management class. No, it's not intellectual. But is library school? I have worked in the field for quite some time, and the fact of the matter is that most professional librarians will end up in some type of managerial role and/or be involved in designing and implementing projects. True, management skills will ultimately be learned on the job. But this book provides a helpful introduction to concepts.
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