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This book is available in e-book format for libraries and individuals through aggregators and other distributors—ask your current vendor or contact us for more information. Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

What does successful academic library management look like in the real world?  A team of editors, all administrators at large research libraries, here present a selection of case studies which dive deeply into the subject to answer that question. Featuring contributions from a range of practicing academic library managers, this book

  • spotlights case studies equally useful for LIS students and current managers;
  • touches upon such key issues as human resource planning, public relations, financial management, organizational culture, and ethics and confidentiality;
  • examines how to use project management methodology to reorganize technical services, create a new liaison service model, advance a collaborative future, and set up on-the-spot mentoring;
  • discusses digital planning for archives and special collections;
  • rejects "one size fits all" solutions to common challenges in academic libraries in favor of creative problem solving; and
  • provides guidance on how to use case studies as effective models for positive change at one's own institution.

LIS instructors, students, and academic library practitioners will all find enrichment from this selection of case studies.


Chapter 1    Effective Shared Governance in Academic Libraries, by Charles Lyons, H. Austin Booth, and Scott Hollander
Chapter 2    LibrariesForward: Strategic Planning in an Environment of Change, by K. Megan Sheffield and M. H. Albro
Chapter 3    One University’s Approach to Academic Library Funding: Developing an Appropriations Model for Stability, by Brian W. Keith and Laura I. Spears
Chapter 4    A Shared Collection and the Advancement of a Collaborative Future, by Yolanda L. Cooper and Catherine L. Murray-Rust
Chapter 5    Form Follows Function: Creating a New Liaison Service Model, by Amy Harris Houk and Kathryn M. Crowe
Chapter 6    Using a Project Management Methodology to Reorganize Technical Services, by Lisa O’Hara and Les Moor
Chapter 7    Triage Succession Planning: How Mass Turnover Required On-the-Spot Mentoring, by Sian Brannon
Chapter 8    The Archivist Apprenticeship: Partnering with the Knowledge River Program Diversity Initiative, by Maurita Baldock and Verónica Reyes-Escudero
Chapter 9    One Incident of Violence, or, It Will Never Be the Same, by Kathleen DeLong
Chapter 10    A Phased Approach to Creating Updated User Spaces, by Michael Crumpton
Chapter 11    Collaborative Digital Planning for Archives and Special Collections: Blue-Sky Thinking Meets Digital Projects Framework, by Sarah Keen
Chapter 12    Collaborating for Success, by Cecilia Tellis
Chapter 13    Engaging Internal and External Stakeholders in a Comprehensive University Archives Program, by Sandra Varry
Chapter 14    The Closing of a Library: Using Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model to Manage Innovative Change, by Christina L. Wissinger, PhD

About the Editors and Authors

Tammy Nickelson Dearie

Tammy Nickelson Dearie currently serves as Interim University Librarian at the University of California San Diego where she is leading advances in digital innovation and preservation efforts, and is a proponent of copyright protection in the digital age. The library’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Community Building Committee, and Environmental Sustainability Committee are part of her portfolio. She has served on numerous committees at the national level and system-wide within the University of California. She is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Access Services and the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserve. Ms. Dearie earned her master of library and information science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her bachelor of arts in history with a minor in women’s studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Michael Meth

Michael Meth is the Associate Dean, Research and Learning Services, at the Florida State University Libraries. Michael has the pleasure of overseeing a team dedicated to shaping the libraries’ services for students and faculty, creating programs and partnerships that enhance and support research at all levels, and ensuring that the libraries are integrated into teaching and learning at FSU. Before coming to FSU, Michael was a librarian at the University of Toronto (UofT) libraries. There he was the Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Library and also held an appointment as adjunct faculty at the Institute for Management of Innovation at UofT Mississauga. Michael has taught courses on leadership for aspiring librarians and information professionals at UofT’s iSchool and a finance course in the Department of Management at UofT Mississauga. Prior to this appointment at OISE, Michael was the Director of the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre at the UofT Mississauga Library. He holds a master of information studies degree from UofT’s Faculty of Information Studies (now the iSchool) and a bachelor of business administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University. In 2014, Michael was selected as a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and in 2013 he participated in Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Elaine L. Westbrooks

Elaine L. Westbrooks is University librarian and vice provost for University Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill. She provides support for the research enterprise’s short- and long-term objectives as well as operational leadership to subject specialists who represent the arts and humanities, social sciences, international studies, and science and engineering. Elaine’s previous positions include associate dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and head of Metadata Services at Cornell University. She is the coeditor of Metadata in Practice (2004). She has presented her research at various conferences, including the American Library Association, the Coalition for Networked Information, Dublin Core, and the Library and Information Technology Association. Because of her efforts to build strategic partnerships across borders, Elaine was the recipient of the Foreign Expert Award from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, in 2015. In 2005 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship from the State University of New York. In 2014 Elaine was a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has a BA in linguistics and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

"Written by the personnel directly involved in the decision-making and implementation of the tasks described, these studies allow the reader to truly grasp the multiple dimensions of library management. In fact, the personal involvement of the authors certainly enhances the impact and usefulness of this material … By presenting accounts from a variety of settings, involving units from public and technical services to archives/special collections and facilities management, this tome gives managers and future managers much to ponder."

"Covers a wide variety of subjects ... this is a valuable resource for academic-library managers (or would-be managers) who may be curious about how others have faced the distinctive challenges of the job."
— Booklist

"This book exposes the difficult balance between the ability to adapt to the ever-changing library landscape, while at the same time, continuing to serve the needs of researchers and patrons and provide support to valuable library staff. If we learn from the success stories and avoid mistakes already made, we can build better libraries for all. "
— Catholic Library World