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administration and management

LIS 650: Library Administration and Management

Required Text(s):

Gordon, Judith (2002). Organizational behavior: A diagnostic approach. 7th ed. NJ: Pearson Education., Inc.

Course Description:

This course integrates aspects of all the above approaches in examining the principles of management and learning how to apply them in simulated real life situations. Management, like any other endeavor that involves humans, is messy and sometimes not rational. Some principles work in some situations but not others. Things that should work do not, and things happen for no apparent reason at all. This is true not only for the principles of management, but for jobs themselves. Nothing you learn in a classroom will ever look much like the place you actually end up working.

As a result, the course will use a variety of management sources, texts, and examples from both library and non-library settings. The first half of class will be a lecture and discussion of a specific principle and the second half will utilize exercises, videos, case analyses, etc. to reinforce the material in the lectures. An emphasis on diagnosing management situations which entails describing the facts, diagnosing problems, and prescribing possible resolutions and an developing an action plan for improving the situation. Utilizing situational case studies in this manner allows students to practice managing in the relative safety of the classroom in preparation for real life management situations.

The best situation that you can hope for, and the state of mind this course aims for, is to think like a manager, to have a variety of managerial techniques to draw upon, and above all to be pragmatic. Good management is what works. (3 s.h.)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To introduce the student to current research and thought in the field of general management, specifically management of information service organizations.
  • To see the integral connection between information and organizational processes, i.e., decision making, planning, managing, communicating, evaluation, and organizational change.
  • To present the student with an array of managerial techniques which promote organizational effectiveness and efficiency which can be used in actual organizational environments.
  • To develop the ability to diagnose work situations and develop feasible solutions based on the student's judgment and knowledge of management techniques.
  • To enable the student to present ideas in a professional manner.

Subpages (1): Management Treatise