School of Library and Information Studies

 LIS 504: Leadership and Management Principles for Library and Information Services

Course Outline
Fall 2016

Instructor: Dinesh Rathi
Phone: 780-492-7675
Office: 3-06A Rutherford South
Office Hours: By appointment
Class Times: Thursdays: 1:00 p.m.3:50 p.m. in 3-01 Rutherford South

Calendar Description:
An introduction to principles and practices of leadership and management in the professional lives of librarians, archivists and other information services practitioners. Required course.

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to undertake introductory management responsibilities that might occur early in a professional career. The student will have an understanding of the context of management in different organizational environment.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of management concepts and theories by connecting them to experiences through stories, discussion, seminar presentations, and/or case studies.
  • Drawing on the components of managerial roles and responsibilities, students will demonstrate an understanding of these aspects through stories, discussion, and/or case studies.
  • By identifying and assessing human resource issues, students will demonstrate an understanding of these issues through case studies, discussion, and seminar presentations.

The course will be delivered via assigned readings, PowerPoint slides, (guest) lectures, handouts, in-class and online discussions and group work, quiz, etc.

Course Relationships:
Pre-requisites or co-requisites: LIS 501


Inclusive Language & Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Student Accessibility Services.

Academic Integrity:
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Recommended Texts/Readings
There is no required textbook for this class. This course will have readings and details of all the required readings are listed in weekly schedule. Most of the articles are available online.

Reading List:

Please see the weekly schedule for the readings. In addition, if required, additional readings/ resources or handouts will be given in the class or posted on the course website.

Important Note:

Students are requested to check (regularly) course website, email, discussion forums, announcements on course webpage, etc.

Grading Policy:

Grades reflect professional judgements of student achievement made by instructors. These judgements are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade. Also available on SLIS website here

Recording Lectures:

Recording is permitted only with the prior written consent of the instructor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.


There will be a lot of activities in this course that you will be participating during the term. I see the key educational aim of this course is to enable you to get a grasp of the fundamental concepts in management and understand the importance of management for your future career as information professional.

The list of assignments includes: 

  • Assignment 1: A Short Story or Anecdote
  • Assignment 2: Seminar Presentation
  • Assignment 3: Case Study
  • Assignment 4: Class Participation
  • Assignment 5: Quiz