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Fundamentals of Library Supervision, Second Edition
Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1016-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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Check out the companion Library Supervison eCourse! This title is also available for purchase as an e-book or as a print/e-book bundle.

199 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1016-0
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, C, I

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Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive workplace as they weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. This revised edition focuses on daily, real-world practices offering
  • Specific strategies for new supervisory staff
  • Hundreds of tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity, and building teamwork
  • Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing, and training
  • Policies and procedures that maintain fairness while addressing potential legal landmines
Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in this complex and changing environment.

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Table of Contents



1    Today’s Workplace
2    Becoming a Manager
3    Communication Skills
4    Work Climate and the Art of Motivation
5    Teamwork and Group Dynamics
6    Inclusiveness and Diversity
7    Policies and the Legal Environment
8    Hiring and Interviewing
9    Orientation and Training
10    Planning and Organizing Work
11    Managing Performance
12    Budgeting Basics
13    Facilities, Space, and Safety
14    Managing Meetings
15    Managing Rewards
16    Project Management
17    Career Management


About the Authors

Joan Giesecke is Dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined UNL in 1987 and became dean in 1996. Prior to this, she was the Associate Dean for Collections and Services. She has held positions at George Mason University, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, and the American Health Care Association. She received a doctorate in public administration from George Mason University, an MLS from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in management from Central Michigan University, and a BA in economics from SUNY at Buffalo. Giesecke’s research interests include organizational decision-making and management skills. She has developed a training program for managers and has presented a variety of papers on management and supervisory skills. She is a former editor of Library Administration and Management Journal and has published numerous articles on management issues. Her books include Practical Help for New Supervisors, Scenario Planning for Libraries, Practical Strategies for Library Managers, and Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders.

Beth McNeil is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Purdue University Libraries, where she is responsible for public services and collections. Prior to joining Purdue in 2007, McNeil was Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she led technical services operations, coordinated the staff development program, coordinated library-wide statistics efforts, and managed library-wide special projects. Prior to coming to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, McNeil was Head of Reference Services at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Previously, she served as Serials and Collection Management Librarian at Bradley. She received an MS in library and information science, and an AB in English, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her books include Patron Behavior in Libraries: Positive Approaches to Negative Situations and Human Resource Management in Today’s Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities.

"It’s not unusual for librarians to be promoted into supervisory positions without the benefits of a role model, a good mentor, or even a halfway decent management class in graduate school. This book can help."
--Library Journal

“Should be at hand for every library administrator.”
--The Midwest Book Review

"This book is recommended for new managers and staff who are working towards moving into management positions. Readers of this work will come away with an understanding of the many facets that make a manager successful."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly

"It is chock full of tips, practical advice, and experience, all of which are presented in an informal and welcoming style. Even an 'old' supervisor like myself was able to find very useful information regarding a positive management style, encouraging innovation in the workplace, and resources for project management. I highly recommend this book as required reading for any library supervisor or manager; you will not be disappointed."
--Public Services Quarterly

"As experienced academic library leaders and managers, the authors meet their objective of providing positive and professional guidance for supervisors. Every library supervisor can find valuable concepts and learn from reading this book."

"This book is an absolute gem. Simple, practical advice from two experienced library managers is given without being simplistic ... New supervisors, potential supervisors, experienced managers in search of a refresher, and libraries attached to LIS courses should rush out to acquire copies - beg, borrow or buy. No doubt such copies will end up well-thumbed and stockpiled. This work is highly recommended."
--Australian Library Journal

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