Library Management

What is it?

Library managers, such as department heads, branch managers, and assistant/deputy/associate directors, and are typically middle managers responsible for the operation of departments or other functional areas such as all library branches. As managers they may be responsible for work schedules, employee evaluations, training, and managing budgets. Branch managers, in particular, can have additional director-like responsibilities, such as overseeing the condition of the facility or involvement in local neighborhood groups and projects. (Source: American Library Association)

What can I do with this background?

Administration/management; planning, budgeting, policymaking, personnel management, public relations, and program assessment. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)

In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?

Suggested electives include:

  • 60604 Research Methods for Libraries and Information Centers

  • 60608 The Public Library

  • 60609 Marketing the Library

  • 60613 Information Needs, Seeking, and Use

(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)

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