Academic Library Management: Case Studies. Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks, eds. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 213p. Paper, $69.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1559-2). LC 2017010131.

Kristen Cardoso

Abstract

Librarians who transition into management and administrative roles in academic libraries often find themselves there with little or even no preparatory training; and, once there, common problems and best principles and practices are more often than not learned on the job. Intensive professional development programs for emerging and current library leaders are one opportunity available to prepare librarians for managerial success; but, in addition to these programs generally only accepting small groups of people at specific times of the year, a number of factors can make supporting attendance impossible for resource-strapped libraries. Only fourteen people were selected for the 2014 cohort of the UCLA Senior Fellows program, a three-week-long immersive program for academic library leaders; but, with the publication of Academic Library Management: Case Studies, everyone can now benefit from the lessons learned through the first-hand experiences collected in this deceptively slim volume.

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