Public Library Start-Up Guide

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An estimated thirteen million people in the U.S. are not served by a public library. This presents opportunities for creating new libraries. Involving complex, timeconsuming, and expensive decisions, the prospect of starting a library without the right direction seems overwhelming.

The Public Library Start-Up Guide provides a framework for success—from looking at the big strategic picture to picking the furniture. Expert library director and author Christine Hage offers a succinct, nontechnical, and step-by-step approach covering all the practical issues for library professionals as well as nonlibrarians who need to know where to start.

Acknowledging that each community's library will reflect the unique characteristics and needs of that population, this hands-on manual provides answers to such questions as:

  • What are the options and alternatives in providing library services?
  • Who should be on the team?
  • How do you find the right director? The best staff?
  • What about volunteers?
  • Where do you get funding?
  • What about policies and cooperative arrangements?
  • When do you plan for collections and services?

With savvy guidance on all aspects of providing public library service, this is the comprehensive one-stop resource for planning and starting a new library.

Community leaders, Friends of Libraries, trustees, policymakers, and municipal officials as well as librarians will find a friendly, accessible, and concise guide to help them get the job done.

Chapter 1: Public Libraries: The People's Library
Chapter 2: Establishing the Library
Chapter 3: Building the Team
Chapter 4: Securing Library Financing
Chapter 5: Shaping the Organization
Chapter 6: Taking Care of Business
Chapter 7: Planning for the Long Term
Chapter 8: Participating in Cooperative Arrangements
Chapter 9: Building the Perfect Library
Chapter 10: Furnishing and Equipping a Public Library
Chapter 11: Developing the Collection
Chapter 12: Planning and Developing Services
Chapter 13: Promoting the Library

Christine Lind Hage

In 1999, Christine Lind Hage was tapped to oversee the start-up of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in suburban Detroit where she serves as library director. She started from scratch to develop and oversee personnel policies, benefit packages, public service policies, a budget, financial plan, investment plan, staff hiring and training plan, and library construction. From a budget of just over $100,000, the library now has a budget of $3.5 million, along with plans for a new $20-million main library. Formerly library director with Rochester Hills Public Library, she actively writes for and speaks to professional library associations. A past president of the Public Library Association, she has also been honored as Michigan Librarian of the Year. She holds her AMLS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.