74051 - Libraries Management

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  • Teacher Fiammetta Sabba

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Library and Archive Science (cod. 9077)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course introduces the knowledge of the principles and tools of service management of archives and libraries, and aims to develop the knowledge of the methods of management. After completing the course the student knows the models and management tools, methods and problems of librarianship and of the archival management. He knows how to design and manage a critical management models of the library and archivistical service.

Course contents

Introductory Part:

The course will illustrate the strategic application of tools utilised particularly in a librarian context for the formation, management, development, valorisation and promotion of the collections and services, for the optimal use of human and financial resources, for fundraising, for the appraisal of the satisfaction and needs of the user and for the evaluation of the quality of services.

Topics such as management and collection development, aims and services, inter librarian cooperation, benchmarking, communication, gauge and evaluation of quality, customer satisfaction, marketing and organisation of spaces will be dealt with.

Specialized Part:

Particular analysis space will be given to the theme of the author's and in-person library, presenting the bibliographic characteristics and the difficulties in managing libraries.

The student will be able to evaluate critically the relation between the documentary collections, the services and uses not only from the point of the view of the overseer but also from the user and therefore actively participate in the social and cultural arrangement and handling of documents and of their retrieval and their organisation for the purposes of personal use.


Introductory Part:

Giorgio Montecchi - Fabio Venuda. Nuovo Manuale di biblioteconomia. Milano, Bibliografica, 2021 (tutto). < only if the volume has not yet been printed, replace with the previous edition or with the volume: Giovanna Granata, Introduzione alla biblioteconomia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009.>

Biblioteche e biblioteconomia: principi e questioni, a cura di Giovanni Solimine e Paul Gabriele Weston. Roma, Carocci editore, 2015, p.137-151, 175-204, 467-497.

Specialized Part:

Fiammetta Sabba, Biblioteche e carte d’autore, tra questioni cruciali e modelli di studio e gestione «AIB Studi» 56 (2016) 3, p.421-434.

Il privilegio della parola scritta: gestione, conservazione e valorizzazione di carte e libri di persona, a cura di Giovanni Di Domenico e Fiammetta Sabba, Roma, Associazione italiana biblioteche, 2020, p.1-25, 129-160, 233-245, 267-280, 317-332, 349-365, 427-496.

** For those not attending the course, it is recommanded to choose a book of the following:

Maria Cassella, Biblioteche accademiche e Terza Missione, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2020.

Sara Dinotola, Lo sviluppo delle collezioni nelle biblioteche pubbliche, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2020.

S.R. Ranganathan, Il servizio di reference, a cura di Carlo Bianchini; prefazione di Mauro Guerrini, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2010.


The use of the following glossary is also recommended:

Ferruccio Diozzi, Nuovo Glossario di biblioteconomia e scienza dell'informazione, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2021.


Students who for reasons of disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) need compensatory tools will be able to communicate to the professor their needs so as to be directed to the referents and agree on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

Teaching methods

Frontal an online lectures with active student participation on problem solving in the library.

For learning page (Virtuale), the Password will be given by teacher at lesson or by chat in Teams.


"In consideration of the type of activity and teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in modules 1 and 2 of training on safety in the study places, in e-learning mode"

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview starting from the presentation of a topic chosen by the student.

The teacher will evaluate the mastery of the content and of bibliography of the course, the ability to synthesize and analyze the themes and concepts, the use of an appropriate language, and also the critical and methodological abilities matured by the student.

You will notice that lack of training, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliographic materials offered during the course will be evaluated negatively.

The teacher can provide the assignment of an intermediate written test to be held in the classroom or a report to be discussed it during the oral examination.

Teaching tools

Projection of illustrative slides and analysis of practical models of questions dealt with through information technology support, visits to libraries and documentation centers, lecture notes provided by the teacher. Illustrative and in-depth Power Point presentations  will be uploaded on the "Virtuale" platform.

It should be noted that initiatives (seminars, conferences, presentations of books ...) reported and / or organized by the teacher are to be considered part of the Teaching and will be recognized during the examination.

Office hours

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