Over the past several years, an increasing number of professional library and information science positions have emerged that focus on management of digital libraries, data and digital collections, special projects, and technology services. This course was designed to address this growing need.
From schools and universities to public libraries, corporations and government agencies, a wide range of institutions offer digital sources and services. Whether providing access to subscription-based databases, open-source materials, digital collections, data repositories, technology hardware and software, or other types of digital information sources and services, library and information science professionals must possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions to manage and lead organizations, departments, and projects.
This course explores both the theory and practice of digital services management across institutional settings. Topics include core values and ethics in management, organizational and change theories, collaboration, leadership, strategic planning, accountability, project and time management, and financial and human resources management. Students will synthesize management principles to address topics related to user services; intellectual property activities; collection development; technology, data, and digital services; communications; space planning; and security issues.
The course has been updated to include an emphasis on digital and data services across library settings. The LIS S551 and LIS S555 courses are cross listed.
Photo: The photo shows the children’s section from the Grand Marais Public Library (MN).