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Maîtrise en sciences de l'information (M.S.I.) - Parcours possibles Gestion d'un service d'information

« Libraries have changed tremendously over the past few decades, but the changes must continue, and libraries need to remain open to new methods and techniques. If libraries and information centers are to remain open to new methods and techniques, they must be able to compete with the burgeoning and often aggressive information industry, and this will require flexibility and adaptability to change.

The importance of management to librarians has grown over the years as libraries have become larger—larger in terms of budgets, collections, and staff. There is an obvious need for management skills at the level of library director, especially in large libraries. Library directors in major national, public, and academic libraries face enormous challenges in managing organizations that are in many ways the equivalent of large for-profit organizations. In fact, library directors are necessarily becoming more like chief executive officers (CEOs) of large corporations than the scholars they used to be. [...]

But it is not just library directors who need to have these managerial skills. The demands on every librarian's managerial ability have become larger and more complex in recent years. Most librarians in modern libraries are managers, and they, too, need to know how to manage. Today, librarians are facing greater challenges than ever before, resulting from increased competition, growing globalization, ever-changing technology, and the pace of change. The only constant in today's organizations is change. [...] Libraries will need good managers at all levels to manage the change as they face the redefined world of information provision.

Management has been defined in many ways, but the basic essence of management is using organizational resources to achieve objectives through planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. Managers are those individuals within an organization who are in a position to make the decisions that allow an organization to reach its objectives. They work to ensure that these objectives are reached both effectively and efficiently  ». (Stueart et Moran, 6-7)

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