The Accidental Library Manager

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Information Today, Inc., 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 362 pages
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Most librarians enter the field intending to focus on a particular specialty, but eventually need to take on certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities in order to move forward. In The Accidental Library Manager, author Rachel Singer Gordon provides support and background for new managers, aspiring managers, and those who find themselves in unexpected management roles. Gordon fills in the gaps left by brief and overly theoretical library school coursework, showing library managers how to be more effective in their positions and how to think about their work in terms of the goals of their larger institutions. Included are insights from working library managers at different levels and in various types of libraries, addressing a wide range of management issues and situations. Not to be missed: comments from library staff about the qualities they appreciate -- and the styles and attitudes they find counterproductive -- in their own bosses. This readable and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who wishes to succeed in a management position.
  

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Contents

Becoming a Library Manager l
1
Levels of Management
29
Managing People
57
Coordinating and Scheduling
68
Professional Development
79
Notes
87
Managing People
113
What Library Staff Want
145
Your Community
235
Your Institution
241
Marketing PR and Advocacy
249
Notes
255
Philosophical Legal
289
Copyright
295
Where to Go from Here
303
Conclusion
331

Managing Facilities
167
Managing Change
183
Managing Money
203
Managing Upward
229
Web Sites
339
About the Author
345
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