School of Library and Information Studies

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

Course Outline
Winter 2017


Instructor: Kathleen De Long, PhD, MPM, MLS
Office hours
: By appointment

Instructor: Pam Ryan, MLIS
Office hours
: By appointment

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

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to undertake introductory leadership and management responsibilities that might occur early in a professional career. The student will have an understanding of the principles and context of leadership and management.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of leadership and management concepts and theories by connecting them to experiences through stories, critical reflection and dialogue, and/or case studies.
  • Drawing on the components of managerial leadership roles and responsibilities, students will demonstrate an understanding of these aspects through stories, critical reflection and dialogue, and/or case studies.
  • Through identifying and assessing leadership and management issues, students will demonstrate an understanding of these issues through case studies, critical reflection and discussion.

Theories and principles of leadership and management, emphasis on strategic planning, budgeting, human resources, organizational structure, culture and change, advocacy, public relations and marketing management, values, ethics and diversity in libraries.

May include lectures, readings, online discussions, group work, guest speakers.

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

Required Texts:
There is no required textbook for this class. This course will have readings and details of all the required readings are listed in eClass in the weekly schedule. Most of the articles are available online through the University of Alberta Libraries. 

In addition, if required, additional readings/resources will be available through the eClass site.

Extended Resources for Background Reading: 

Stueart, R. D, Moran, B. B. & C. J. Morner. (2013). Library and information centre management. 8th ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Organizational change:
Kotter, J. P. (1996). Leading change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Organizational culture:
Schein, E. H. (2004). Organizational culture and leadership. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Power and leadership:
Pfeffer, J. (1992). Managing with power: politics and influence in organizations. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Organizational structure:
Mintzberg, H. (1993). Structure in Fives: Designing effective organizations. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 

It is strongly recommended that you purchase the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). This text provides important information on the conventions of writing academic papers, including proper citation formats. The ALA writing and citation style is the most commonly used style in educational publishing and is an invaluable guide for those doing graduate level writing. It is also available at the University of Alberta Bookstore and through various online booksellers. If you buy it, make sure you purchase the 6th edition as some of the writing conventions have changed.

Assignments and Weighting:
The course grade will be based on the following:

Assignments: - 65%
The list of assignments include:

  • Assignment 1: Definitions of Leadership and Management and a Short Story or Anecdote - 15%
  • Assignment 2: Case Study (working in pairs) - 35%
  •  Assignment 3: Definitions of Leadership and Management Redux – 15%

 Course Discussion and Participation – 35%

Details of the assignments, including evaluation criteria, will be posted on eClass.

All assignments should be submitted to eClass by the date and time indicated on the course schedule. Late assignments will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day (including weekends) to a maximum of 5 days. If an extension is required, please email the instructor in advance to make those arrangements.

A general rule of thumb is that for every hour of a graduate-level class, you should expect to do three hours of work outside of class time. So, for a three-credit course, that would equal nine hours of work (in addition to class time). In other words, you can expect to work about 12 hours per week on a graduate-level course. This is an average. Some weeks it could be a bit less, and some week it could be a bit more (for example, when you have an assignment due). 

If you haven’t taken an online course before, it is important to know that you will need to check eClass regularly (that pretty much means that you should check in at least once per day). If you can give yourself 30-60 minutes each day to post your contribution and/or respond to other’s posts, you will find it more manageable than waiting and trying to respond to a number of posts in one “marathon” sitting. Responses need not be long but they should add to the conversation and move it forward.

School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:
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. Grades are calculated in accordance with the SLIS Grading Procedure.

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 (online at 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.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy (

Inclusive Language and Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of 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 background. 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.

Recording of Lectures:

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

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.