Long considered the standard text in college library administration, this completely reorganized and rewritten edition addresses the dramatic changes experienced by both the academic and the library worlds since publication of the fourth revision in 1974. Preserving the sensible approach adopted by Guy R. Lyle--a combination of theory and practical advice--this edition, like its predecessors, covers the entire range of college library concerns, including policies, procedures, resources, and human relations. New emphases have been placed on communication, finances, and politics, topics of major importance in an increasingly competitive academic environment. Among the completely new chapters are 'The Campus Inventory,' 'Technology and Integrated Library Systems,' 'Educating the Library User,' and 'The Director.'
...a solid introduction to college librarianship and its many aspects... Library Journal Lyle's is a well-written, readable, practical overview of the American college library system. Intended for students or practitioners who are new to academic libraries, the text is notable more for its breadth than its depth...each work can be used independently, and both are relevant outside of America. Australian Library Journal An essential handbook for the college librarian. Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie ...should interest students and new professionals in academic libraries. Journal of Academic Librarianship ...a fine job of overhauling and updating Lyle's widely recognized standard retains the straightforward, practical, and non-theoretical approach...well written in crisp, lucid prose...an excellent text...a handbook or ready reference... Journal of Academic Librarianship I am pleased that it was done with the same approach as Lyle's, and is therefore best characterized by its good sense and useful information. Library Director, Felician College, Nj ..the differences between the fifth edition and its predecessors are considerable. Even a casual glance at the respective tables of contents reveals the breadth and depth of the changes the current authors have made...Caroline Coughlin and Alice Gertzog have reconceptualized the core of Lyle's work in order to reflect our own unstable fin de siecle environment, retaining his original text only when it remains relevant to today's audience. The authors make discriminating use of the literature that has accumulated since 1974...the fifth edition of Lyle's Administration of the College Library does not disappoint us. Like its predecessors, it is a fine basic text for use in classes on academic libraries and their administration. (A companion casebook is also available.) Lucid, insightful, and well written, it is also essential reading for college librarians and a welcome addition to all academic library collections. The Library Quarterly ...one of the real classics of library literature... Collection Management ...continues to be an excellent basic text for library science students planning to work in academic libraries. It is well written, and the issues raised are pertinent. Lisca