For nearly two decades, the Public Library Association's Results Series has been the definitive resource for practical everyday management. This latest addition to the series offers:
PLA Results Series
Carving out new service areas within existing space, forgoing massive additions or expensive new buildings, offers a cost-effective solution for budget-conscious libraries. Building from the proven Results Series model, this volume dovetails with the basics outlined in The New Planning for Results: A Streamlined Approach.
This new hands-on workbook in the Results Series guides library directors, staff, and boards through the process to
I became a librarian because of my interest in how reading affects people, how it can lead to insights and help people transform their lives…library services and materials help them in their efforts to change and grow. Outcome measurement can assess how well libraries do that.—Rhea Joyce Rubin from the Preface
Answering two key questions can enhance the effectiveness of current library technologies and ensure that new investments support the library's mission. First, what technologies provide the most effective support for the library's service priorities? Second, what technologies allow administrative functions to be managed more efficiently? Find these answers and much more in the PLA-sponsored Technology for Results, the latest volume in ALA's bestselling PLA Results series.
What does a librarian do if an unattended child remains at closing time? Can nonresidents get a library card? What is the library's position on Internet filters? These are but a few of the kinds of issues that require clear, up-to-date library policies.
How long does it take to . . . catalog a book?
"Use human resource management functions and techniques to accomplish your library's goals and objectives in order to provide your community with the library services it wants and needs."
--Jeanne Goodrich and Paula Singer, from the Introduction
A classic resource, Planning for Results has long served to help public librarians envision, evaluate, and respond to community needs with distinctive programs and services. The NEW Planning for Results continues that tradition in an all-in-one guide that outlines a tested, results-driven planning process—revamped and streamlined to enable libraries to respond quickly to rapidly changing environments. Nelson's brand new approach focuses on the essential steps necessary to draft a forward-looking plan for any public library, regardless of organizational structure or size.
Successfully managing a library means doing the right things right all the time. If a library's resources are being channeled to objectives that have little or nothing to do with the library's mission and goals for its community, the library is doing the wrong things right and probably will be unable to meet its real goals.