Volume twenty one of "Advances in Library Administration and Organization" offers timely articles from scholars and administrators working throughout the world. It adapts theory to practice in a variety of areas of interest to those who manage libraries. These include a demographic study of Canadian librarianship, an article on the implementation of ISO9000 in Thailand, pieces on information literacy programs in the United States, and a discussion of organizational culture within libraries from South Africa. The idea is to provide food for thought for practitioners and theorist alike so that they might be spurred to think about the challenge of making libraries run well. Whether one is interested is service philosophies as discussed in a symposium held in honor of Johannah Sherrer, the definition of command work, or the process used to thoughtfully develop and refine an assessment program in a Colorado university library, there is something here for every manager that will help them confront the challenges facing them.The articles address obstacles facing all of us every day and offer insights that can be of value as we seek a vision for libraries and librarianship in the 21st century.
...information managers will find it valuable to 'dip in' to chapters. They will find detailed, well-researched articles... and much food for thought about the context in which they work. There's also ample ammunition for presenting to senior management, on changes required in the evolving and complex setting in which information professionals operate. Information World Review, December 2004
Professional Practice and Labor Process: Academic Librarianship at the Millenium. Two Models of Leadership Formation in Community: A Dialogue in Professional Practice. An Organizational Culture Model to Stimulate Creativity and Innovation in a University Library. Management in the Global Risk Society: Reconsidering Rationality, Technology and Control. From the Hierarchical to the Virtual: Organizational Development in the Public Library: A Case Study. Symposium Papers--The Changing Face of Service: Papers from the Fifth Annual Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture. Introduction: Johannah Sherrer: Colleague, Mentor, Friend. The Changing Face of Service A Perspective from Private Higher Education. Information Priorities: Revising Our World-View of Service. Reflections on Service. The Changing Face of Service A Perspective from Public Higher Education. Contributors. Information Literacy: Integrating into the Institutions Academic CultureOne Course at a Time. Development and Implementation of a University Information Literacy Competency: One Piece at a Time. Information Literacy Initiatives in Higher Education: Origins, Options and Observations. A History of Library Assessment at the University of Northern Colorado: Fifteen Years of Data Analysis and Program Changes. ISO 9000 Implementation in Thai Academic Libraries.