Module Identifier ILM4130  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Available all semesters  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report 1,500-2,000 words  33%
Semester Assessment Report 1,500-2,000 words  33%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation 15-20 minutes  33%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

Brief description

At its most basic, management can be defined as ensuring an organisation makes the most effective and efficient use of resources in order to achieve agreed objectives. The principles of good management are the same in organisations of all kinds and sizes, but the environment, purpose and history of the various types will make for differences of detail and application. In this module we will examine the broad principles and how they might apply in the management of libraries and information services (LIS). You will be required to make the connection with the organisation you work in and/or with other organisations that you know.
Some professionals, including information professionals, make the mistake of assuming that management is the job of senior staff or those who see themselves as career managers. All of us are managers to a greater or lesser extent whether we are subject specialists, bibliographical or functional specialists, have responsibility for a client group and, of course, we all manage information in increasingly complex formats and environments. At the very least we need to understand the environment in which we work.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Bryson, J (1998) Effective library and information centre management 2nd. Gower
Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A (1997) Organizational behaviour: an introductory text Prentice-Hall
Cole, G.A (1996) Management: theory and practice Letts Educational
Crainer, S (1996) Key management ideas London: Pitman Publishing
Drucker, P.F (1974) Management: tasks, responsibilities, practices London: Heinemann
Drucker, P (1999) Management challenges for the 21st century Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann
Handy, C (1993) Understanding organizations 4th. Penguin Books
Handy, C (1995) The age of unreason 2nd. Arrow Business Books
Kanter, R.M (1996) The change master London: International Thomson Business Press
Kanter, R.M (1989) When giants learn to dance London: Simon & Schuster
Mintzberg, H (1973) The nature of managerial work London: Heinemann
Mintzberg, H (1979) The structuring of organizations NJ: Prentice-Hall
Morgan, G (1997) Images of organization 2nd. London: Sage
Parkinson, G Northcote Parkinson''s Law: Lighthearted, but deadly accurate!

Additional reference to a number of sources is made at each module unit.


This module is at CQFW Level 7