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Product Details

  • Paperback: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Neal Schuman Publishers; 2nd edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555705863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555705862
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This practical guide to management for any level of information professional is full of great tips and pertinent references on all sorts of skills and concepts. The text is split into four main parts, starting out with basic management concepts and issues such as diversity and staffing. Then it moves through knowledge and skill areas like marketing, decision making, planning, delegation, performance, communication, motivation, and leadership. The third part focuses on managing people, money, technology, and facilities; and the final part of the book deals with career development and ideas for the future. Easy to read and comprehend, the book would be a great resource for library classes and those interested in library management and administration. --Christy Donaldson

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...Evans and Ward...cover much more territory in much greater depth than the word 'basics' might suggest. --The Australian Library Journal, November 2008

An excellent addition to the library literature and an authoritative guide to all information library managers and future administrators...Highly recommended. --ARBA Vol 39, 2008

Is full of great tips and pertinent references on all sorts of skills and concepts...Easy to read and comprehend, the book would be a great resource for library classes and those interested in library management and administration. --Booklist, January 1 and 15, 2008

"While Management Basics remains more useful for those in large libraries with complex management structures, I would nonetheless recommend it for many information professionals…With its excellent organization, detailed table of contents, comprehensive indexes, and 'key points to remember,' it can also serve as a reference resource on specific topics." --Portal: Libraries and the Academy

Is full of great tips and pertinent references on all sorts of skills and concepts...Easy to read and comprehend, the book would be a great resource for library classes and those interested in library management and administration. --Booklist, January 1 and 15, 2008

Customer Reviews

A definite read for all management students!
Stanley Kao
There are typos and misspellings galore, a simple spellcheck in the edit process would have reduced these errors by 50% or more.
K. Mandalay
I suspect that our prof felt the same way, as she, thankfully, didn't have much required reading from it.
Marc Crompton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Mandalay on March 18, 2010
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I bought this book as a textbook for my MLIS (Master's in Library and Information Science) course. It is terribly written and edited. There are typos and misspellings galore, a simple spellcheck in the edit process would have reduced these errors by 50% or more. Spellcheck wouldn't catch the many homynym and grammar mistakes, but it would at least catch the most basic misspellings. Each chapter has about 10 errors in it.
The authors talk about Business Management concepts without giving examples to illustrate their points, which is really necessary especially when using terms that might have multiple meanings. Examples would explain and clarify their points, and enrich the text and make it more interesting.
I tried to avoid this text by signing up for a different class, but the school switched the course names and I ended up stuck with this awful textbook.
My "Portable MLIS" textbook for a different class is, however, a fabulous read (although it has a few editing mistakes, but far fewer than this Mgmt Basics text). I love reading it, each chapter is engaging and well-written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dale J. Neimeier on August 7, 2011
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Had to purchase this for my Management class in my Masters of Library and Information science program.

Disappointing, to say the least. Most of the content is purely common sense. Not very well written; however, that seems to be the case with most of these texts.

Maybe this is more appropriate for an undergraduate-level course (then again, the MLIS degree is appropriate for the high school level). It does have some excellent reviews of the history of management theory and some of the supplements do offer decent suggestions for tools/resources.

Overall, good for an introductory text, not for the advanced student or professional with even just a little management experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Crompton on November 21, 2011
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This is likely the worst written text I have ever had to suffer through. I suspect that our prof felt the same way, as she, thankfully, didn't have much required reading from it. There must be a real lack of material on library management for this book to actually be a required text for anything. I am looking forward to warming my house with it this winter. Can I give it fewer than one star? Not worth the effort to figure out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Scott on February 17, 2010
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I'm reading this book for a required course on management of information organizations. The information in the book is important and useful, but the presentation is rather boring, and the book is full of spelling and grammatical errors. The publisher should come out with a new edition that has actually been proof-read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. W. on December 28, 2012
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This is one of the worst textbooks that I have ever used. It is just plain poorly written. There is very little organization within the book; sure, there are chapters and section headings, but each paragraph often seems to be completely unrelated to the one before and after it. Whole sentences or thoughts are often repeated within the same section, leaving you confused about what new material you've actually read. It is also poorly edited, with spelling and grammatical errors all over the place. The information in the book seemed rather outdated, and a lot of the "concepts" were so obvious that I often thought, "why am I even reading this?" I knew nothing about library management before reading this book, and I still feel like I know nothing about it.
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If your aim is to run a library at some point, in whatever sector, this is a great book to have on hand. It's an excellent introduction and provides a wealth of information without being overly tedious. Highly recommended!
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By Joshua Coyne on October 15, 2012
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This was required reading for my MLIS degree. It has some good information that I found very helpful, but the editing could have been sharper as others have mentioned.
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