Now You’re a Manager: Quick and Practical Strategies for New Mid-Level Managers in Academic Libraries—eEditions PDF e-book

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Now you’re a manager. Maybe you sought the position and interviewed for it, or maybe you were appointed to fill a need. Perhaps your long-term goal is upper-level library management, or maybe you’re happy where you are and aren’t sure how you’d like your career to progress.  Whatever the case, this guide will provide you with quick, easy-to-implement tips and strategies for tackling the most common issues encountered by mid-level managers in an academic library.  

With ten chapters covering everything from building teams to creating a respectful workplace to managing university politics, Now You’re a Manager provides lists, exercises, and techniques for assembling and managing an effective, happy team. 

Many of us were never taught how to be managers before we began managing. This book is designed to meet the specific needs of new mid-level managers in academic libraries, and can be used for individual use and group discussion, and by librarians and paraprofessionals who manage teams and departments.   


Chapter 1. Managing and Building Departments and Teams
Chapter 2. Managing Diverse Departments
Chapter 3. Creating a Respectful Workplace and Dealing with Problem Employees
Chapter 4. Professional Development and Training
Chapter 5. Mentoring and Coaching
Chapter 6. Conducting Effective Meetings
Chapter 7. Managing Between Library Administration and Your Employees
Chapter 8. Managing Library and University Politics and Bureaucracy
Chapter 9. Managing Change
Chapter 10. Managing as a Team

M. Leslie Madden

M. Leslie Madden is the Instruction Coordinator for the University Library at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has been employed since December 2005. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Humanities Librarian at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia for eight years. She has an M.A. in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laura Carscaddon

Laura Carscaddon is Head, Research & Engagement at Georgia State University Library where she has been employed since 2010. Laura holds an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee and participated in the 2015 ALA Leadership Institute.

Denita Hampton 

Denita Hampton is Manager, User Services and Technology Support at Georgia State University Library. She is responsible for the Library Services Desk which includes circulation and media services; the Technology Support Desk which provides equipment checkout and basic software support; and CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment) which provides the latest interactive digital technology to students. Denita has presented at regional and national conferences and is co-organizer of the Access Services Conference.

Brenna Helmstutler

Brenna Helmstutler is Team Leader for Health, Science, Education, and Policy and is the subject librarian for Nursing at Georgia State University Library where she has been employed since 2004. She currently serves on the Membership Committee of Library Leadership and Management (ALA) and previously served as convener of the Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group (ACRL). She holds an M.S. in Counseling from Radford University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.