Don’t eliminate mid-level positions without understanding their roles

There is little empirical evidence related to middle management in academic libraries. Within LIS, much of the professional literature expresses practitioner concerns about doing middle management work. Many library middle managers have contributed tips and guidelines based upon their own experiences. An empirical examination of the organizational actors that define middle management roles through […]

Are cover letters still important for library job seekers?

Are cover letters still important for library job seekers? You bet! Here are the results of my pseudo-study.

BACKGROUND

In my roles as management instructor, student adviser and resume reviewer for ALA’s New Member Round Table, I dole out a lot of advice about the application process, especially the identification of appropriate positions, the creation of […]

Why is management a required course in library schools?

All ALA-accredited programs must include a required management course. Few graduates find them useful. Why is this course required, and why aren’t they effective? There is likely a chasm between curriculum and practice that must be bridged, or we might just need a paradigm shift.

The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) standards of accreditation says that […]

Retroprogressive Librarianship

This blog is about librarianship — training, practice, administration, past, future, ideals. With a title like “Retroprogressive Librarian” it may seem as if we are stuck in the past. To the contrary; innovation and change management are important concepts in librarianship today and they will be addressed here. However, most of the thoughts shared […]