Administration of the Public Library

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 600 pages
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Now available in paperback! The Administrative of the Public Library is a comprehensive approach to contemporary public library concerns. It combines theory and practical advice as it addresses in a simple, logical, clear, and jargon-free fashion public library policies, procedures, resources, and human relations.

Based on the premise that library administration entails not only familiarity with management principles, but intimate knowledge of the products and processes for which it is responsible, the book covers input functions-collection development, technology, technical services; public services-outreach information, circulation, youth, readers; as well as important traditional management topics-staff, directors, finance, buildings, and public relations. All of these are developed within a system, political, historical, and social context.

The text uses as its model Guy R. Lyle's Administration of the College Library and is designed for students and practicing librarians alike.

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1 The Public Library in Context
2 History of the Public Library in the United States
3 The Public Library Today
4 The Community Context
5 Legal Status Governance and Politics
6 Organization
7 Technology
8 Collection Development
13 Youth Services
14 Outreach Services
15 Marketing Publicizing and Interpreting the Library
16 The Director
17 Human Resources
18 Financial Management
19 The Library Building and Equipment
20 Evaluation

9 Technical Services
10 Access Services
11 Information Service
12 Facilitating Library Use
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Alice Gertzog (AB, Antioch College; MLS, Catholic University; PhD, Rutgers University) has been a public, academic, and special librarian, as well as a library consultant, educator, and author of books relating to library management. As a public librarian she worked at the Brookline Public Library and New Haven Free Public Library, and served as the Director of the Meadville (PA) Public Library and Administrator of the Crawford County (PA) Public Library System. She has taught at Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Allegheny College.

Edwin Beckerman (AB, University of Missouri; MLS, Columbia University) has been a public librarian, library consultant, educator, and contributor to books and periodicals in the library field. As a public librarian, he has worked in The New York Public Library, served as Director of the Woodbridge (NJ) Public Library, Assistant Director of the Yonkers (NY) Public Library, Public Library Consultant for the New York State Library, and as a Branch Librarian in the Leicester City Public Library (Leicester, England) as a participant in the Department of State Exchange of Persons Program. As a consultant, he is the author of over one hundred consulting reports on library organization, management, and library building issue. He has taught courses in library management and planning at Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies.

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