Library Management Tips that Work

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978-0-8389-1121-1
Published: 
2011
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208
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Softcover
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There's no shortage of library management books out there—but how many of them actually tackle the little details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that slip through the cracks of a larger handbook? Library Management Tips that Work does exactly that, addressing dozens of such issues facing library managers, including

  • How to create a job manual, and keep staff accountable
  • Keeping your library board in the loop
  • Using numbers to make your case
  • Dealing with unreturned library materials
  • Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian
  • Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages
  • Public relations on a shoestring

Written by contributors from across the field, this eclectic guide offers best practices suitable for managers in all types of libraries.

Foreword
Preface

Part I The Manager Role
1. Beating the Clock: Adaptive Time Management in a Fluid Environment

Geoffrey P. Timms

2. Creating Manuals for Job Duties

Holly Flynn

3. How to Manage Serving Students of Generational Poverty

Kris Baughman and Rebecca Marcum Parker

4. How to Protect Your Library from Employment Discrimination Claims

Michael A. Germano

5. Managing Emergencies: What to Do When Basic or Big Disasters Strike

Sian Brannon and Kimberly Wells

6. Creating a Staff Accountability System

Terry Ann Lawler

7. Planning Ahead: Time Management in Defining Goals

Geoffrey P. Timms

8. Transforming an Off-Campus Library from Empty Space to Award Winner in One Year

Seamus Scanlon

9. When You're Not (Exactly) the Boss: How to Manage Effectively in a "Coordinator" Role

Kim Becnel

10. Communication and Staff Awareness in the Branch Library

Jason Kuhl

Part II Running a Library
11. ASSURE-ing Your Collection

Roxanne Myers Spencer and Barbara Fiehn

12. Billy Club: A Model for Dealing with Unreturned Library Materials

Suzann Holland

13. Collaboration for Library Collection Acquisition

Lorette S. J. Weldon

14. Community Partnerships: The Key to Providing Programs in a Recession

Ashanti White

15. CVL Leads: Mentorship and Leadership

Robin Shader

16. How to Manage a Student-Centric Library Service for Nontraditional Users

Seamus Scanlon

17. Managing Overnight

Ken Johnson and Susan Jennings

18. Managing More Than One School Library with One FTE Librarian

Kris Baughman and Rebecca Marcum Parker

19. Management Tips for Merging Multiple Service Points

Colleen S. Harris

20. SuperStarz: An Experience in Grant Project Management

Vera Gubnitskaia

21. Utilizing Retired Individuals as Volunteers

Ashanti White

22. Weeding as Affective Response, or "I Just Can't Throw This Out!"

Barbara Fiehn and Roxanne Myers Spencer

Part III Information Technology
23. Facebook for Student Assistants

Susan Jennings and Ken Johnson

24. Improving Communication with Blogs

Alice B. Ruleman

25. Improving Productivity with Google Apps

Suzann Holland

26. Partnering with Information Technology at the Reference Desk: A Model for Success

Jeffrey A. Franks

27. Putting Missing Pieces from the Collection Together with SharePoint

Lorette S. J. Weldon

28. Real-Life Management Using Virtual Tools

Vera Gubnitskaia

29. Session Control Software for Community Users in an Academic Library

Jeffrey A. Franks

30. To Friend or Not to Friend: The Facebook Question

Kim Becnel

31. Why a Wiki? How Wikis Help Get Work Done

Alice B. Ruleman

Part IV Staff
32. Millennials, Gen-X, Gen-Y, and Boomers, Oh My! Managing Multiple Generations in the Library

Colleen S. Harris

33. Hiring and Training Graduate Assistants for the Academic Library

Erin O'Toole

34. Managing for Emergencies: What to Do before, during, and after Disaster

Sian Brannon and Kimberly Wells

35. Managing Librarians and Staff with Young Children

Holly Flynn

36. Mentoring Graduate Assistants in the Academic Library

Erin O'Toole

37. New Employee Orientation

Bradley Tolppanen and Janice Derr

38. Discrimination in Employment: An Overview for Library Managers

Michael A. Germano

39. Obtaining Compliance from Underperforming Employees: Talking It Through

Terry Ann Lawler

40. Planning for Change: Ensuring Staff Commitment

Jason Kuhl

41. Shadow and Learn: Knowing Your Staff

Robin Shader

42. Staff Shortages

Bradley Tolppanen and Janice Derr

Part V Public Relations
43. No Surprises: Keeping Your Board in the Loop

Lynn Hawkins

44. Board Meetings That Work

James B. Casey

45. Library Partners: Cooperating with Other Nonprofits

John Helling

46. Portraits in a Small Town: Balancing Access and Privacy with a Local History Photography Collection

John Helling

47. Using Numbers to Make Your Case

James B. Casey

48. Staying in the Game: Public Relations on a Shoestring

Lynn Hawkins


Contributors
Index

Carol Smallwood

Carol Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the author or editor of numerous books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang, and others. Some other credits include The Writer's Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, Lily's Odyssey, appeared in 2010; she coedited the anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (2009), and she has a short story in Best New Writing 2010. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public, and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. Smallwood appears in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in America, and is a member of the American Library Association.

"An insightful compilation of essays from many librarians ... a core addition to any library science reference collection."
--Midwest Book Review

"This book offers a wealth of information for any informational professional, management or otherwise ... Librarians should familiarize themselves with the subjects covered in this book, and then keep the title close at hand for when those issues arise."
--VOYA

"Managers looking for ways to improve communication and staffing techniques will find plenty to choose from in this collection of practical and pragmatic management tips."
--Public Libraries