Chasing articles for this series over the past 17 years has led me to look at a wide variety of studies and to come to understand much about what librarians and LIS scholars think about when they consider management and leadership. Most of that work has come from people who work in or write primarily about academic libraries, given that it is that group who are most likely to seek doctorates and publish as they pursue tenure and promotion. While much that has been written can apply to work in other kinds of libraries and other nonprofit organization, it is always rewarding to find good work that relates to public and school libraries. This year, we have done that, and four of the six chapters here relate directly to these organizations. A fifth talks about interpersonal dynamics in cataloging organizations, another often neglected area in library management literature.
Peter A. Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, is senior partner of Peter Gisolfi Associates, a firm of architects and landscape architects in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and New Haven, CT. He is professor and chairman of the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and is the author of the book, Finding the Place of Architecture in the Landscape.