Management of Libraries and Information Centres & Knowledge Centres

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Dinesh Gupta
INFLIBNET Centre Gandhinagar
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Course Category
Library and Information Science
Learning Path
Post graduate
Course Length
100 Hours
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7 Hours
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Yes, after accessing documents, videos, passing all graded assignments, passing all tests.
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·       To make you aware about the concept of management, management theories and application of management in libraries and information centres;

·        To make you familiar with management techniques applied to libraries and information centres and knowledge centres; and

·        To make you acquainted with the newer areas and techniques of library and information centres management.


Course Coverage

The course covers and briefly entails what management is, what management does, what the management of libraries and information centres is all about. It imparts knowledge of the various management theories.   It also focuses on the management of library and information centres, their activities and organisational tasks including collections, facilities management, digitisation, and measurement and evaluation of activities and services. Managing information resources, time, people and finances are explored in various units/ modules. The concepts of management as applied to libraries and information centres, with reference to the librarian and information officer as manager; his roles, powers, and responsibilities and relationships with the authorities, management structure, performance evaluation, motivation is described. Processes of goal setting, developing action plans; budgeting; statistics and reporting are dealt with in this course. Aspects related to techniques and approaches to management of change, quality, marketing, communication, managing oneself, team management, and management of technologies are also dealt with.



The learner should have the foundational knowledge or working experience of libraries and information centres.


Target Learners

The course is designed for the students of library and information science as well as for working library and information professionals. However, anyone who wishes to learn about ‘Management of libraries, information and knowledge centres’ is welcomed to join the course.


Learning Outcome

·         Meaning and scope of management in daily operations of libraries and information centres and also about the long term managerial implications;

·         The evolution of management theories and its application to current practice in library and information centres;

·         About the Strategic planning, problem-solving and decision-making skills as applied to actual library and/or information services management;

·         Articulating the mission and other drivers of a library and information centre in relation to the users they served;

·         Utilizing appropriate theory and skills to create an environment of excellence within the library and information services;

·          Emphasizing importance of planning, communication, quality, marketing and competitive analysis for the  library and information manager;

·         Dealing with Aspects of  financial planning and management for library and  information centres; and

·         Identifying the major issues affecting the librarianship, and the management of library and information services.


Timeline- Duration

The course consists of 15 parts and is deliverable in a time span of 15 weeks as per the course layout is given below:


Week 1: Concept of Management, Principles and Application in L& Centres, and Management Thoughts

Concept, Definition and Scope of Library Management

Principles of Management and Application in L& Centres

Schools of Management Thoughts

Week 2: Change Management and Strategic Planning

Change Management

Strategic Planning

Week 3: Operations Research and Planning

Operations Research

Operational Planning Techniques (Use of planning tools like Gantt chart, PERT/CPM)

Week 4: Total Quality Management and Marketing

Total Quality Management

Marketing of Library and Information Services

Week 5: Governance, Organizational Structure and Different Sections of a Modern Library

Governance of a Library

Organisational Structure of the Library

Different Sections of a Modern Library and Their Functions

Week 6: House Keeping Operations: Selection, Acquisition and Technical Processing

Selection and Acquisition

Technical Processing

Week 7: House Keeping Operations: Care, Preservation and digitization

Shelving, Maintenance and Preservation

Digitization and Automation

Week 8: Human Resources Planning and Development

Human Resource Planning and Development

Week 9: Managerial Roles and Team Management

Library Managers and Their Roles

Team Management

Week 10: Performance Analysis and Motivation

Analysing Performances of Staff

Motivating Employees and Users

Week 11: Self Management and Communication

Self Management for Library Managers


Week 12: Financial Planning and Management

Financial Planning (sources and generation of income)

Financial Management (Allocation, accounting, auditing)

Week 13: Statistics, Reporting and MIS

Statistics and Reporting

Management Information Systems

Week 14: Space, Event and Disaster Planning

Space Planning

Event Planning

Disaster Planning

Week 15: Management of Technologies

Management of Technologies



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Dinesh Gupta

Dinesh K. Gupta is Professor of Library & Information Sc. at Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota. He served as Member of Standing Committee of IFLA Education & Training Section, 2011-2015, IFLA Management and Marketing Section, 2003-2007 and 2007-2011 and also served as the Chair of the Jury of ‘IFLA International Marketing Award’ in 2009-2013. Served as a Member of the Selection Committee of South Asia LIS Award, 2012-2014. Published three IFLA books by official publisher K. G. Saur/ De Gruyter Saur (Munich, Germany), include: 

Marketing library and information services: International Perspectives 

Marketing Library and Information Services II A Global Outlook

Marketing Libraries in Web 2.0 World

He is Member of the Editorial Board IFLA Journal (Sage); Annals of Library and Information Studies (CSIR-NISCAIR). He also served as Member of the Editorial Team of the Journal LIbrary Management published from Emerald (2009-13).    


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