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Library Management Education and Reality: A Clearer Connection

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Title: Library Management Education and Reality: A Clearer Connection
Authors: Gazan, Rich
Keywords: Library administration
Library education
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Rich Gazan (2007). Library Management Education and Reality: A Clearer Connection. In Edward D. Garten, Delmus E. Williams and James M. Nyce, eds. Advances in Library Administration & Organization, vol. 24. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT, 237-254.
Abstract: The results of a study of a collaborative digital library development project suggested that activities positively associated
with project success included various forms of connection work, such as integrating diverse people, organizations and collections of information. The digital library study results are juxtaposed with the results of a survey of the skills and interests of 106 library school students, which revealed that though few aspire to be library managers per se, students reported strong interest in the type of collaborative and synthetic work found to be success factors in the digital library project. The comparison suggests a disconnection between theoretical management concepts, student perceptions of library management and real-world practice in library management education. A hybrid library management course and practicum is proposed, one which de-emphasizes fictional case studies in favor of providing opportunities for students to evaluate
management concepts by observing practice, and to challenge their perceptions of what management is.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/49412
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