The Small Library Manager's Handbook

Author: Graves, Alice


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  • ISBN: 9781442230132
  • Author: Graves, Alice
  • Publ Date: 2014-10-16
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  • Pages: 312
  • Imprint: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 566941

Table of Contents :

Introduction Acknowledgments Part 1: Administration Chapter 1.How to Lead and Manage the Library Diana Weaver Chapter 2. How to Develop Effective Staff Jezmynne Dene Chapter 3.How to Effectively Manage Work and Time Elizabeth Martin and Lynn Sheehan Chapter 4. How to Successfully Plan Your Work Flow Deirdre D. Spencer Chapter 5.How to Network and Build Partnerships Robin Shader Chapter 6. How to Create Functional, Flexible and Forgiving Library Spaces Paul Glassman Chapter 7.How to Rejuvenate a Neglected Library Jeff Guerrier Part 2: Finance and Budgeting Chapter 8.How to Devise a Fund Raising Plan James Anthony Schnur Chapter 9. How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal Sheila A. Cork Part 3: Cataloging and Managing the Collection Chapter 10.How to Acquire Library Materials on A Tight Budget Miguel Figueroa-Pagan Chapter 11.How to Evaluate, Build and Maintain a Special Collection Erica Shott Chapter 12.How to Manage Electronic Resources Ashley Krenelka Chase Chapter 13.How to Choose the Right ILS for Your Library Joy M. Banks Chapter 14.How to Excel at Collection Development Wanda Headley Chapter 15. How to Choose the Right Cataloging Tools Beth Dwoskin Chapter 16.How to Master the Art of Cataloging Arwen Spinosa Chapter 17.How to Train Your Staff to Catalog Charles Ed Hill Chapter 18. How to Utilize Interlibrary Loan Corinne Nyquist Chapter 19. How to Weed Library Materials Sherill L. Harriger Part 4: Marketing and Outreach Chapter 20.How to Build an Army of Library Advocates Lee Ann R. Benkert Chapter 21. How to Grow a Library with Databases and Subscription Journals Robin Henshaw and Valerie Enriquez Chapter 22.How to Provide Quality Service to Internal and External Patrons Joyce Abbott Chapter 23.How to Build and Leverage Key Relationships in Your Organzation Lana Brand and Raleigh McGarity Chapter 24.How to Advocate for the Small Library Within the Organization Lindsay Harmon Chapter 25.How to Provide Quality Reference Service Mara H. Sansolo Part 5: Using Technology Chapter 26.How to Conduct Virtual Reference: Creating and Using Knowledge Products Amelia Costigan Chapter 27. How to Manage Technology Zach English Chapter 28.How to Create an Effective Library Website Jill Goldstein Index About the Contributors


The Small Library Manager's Handbook is for librarians working in all types of small libraries. It covers the everyday nuts-and-bolts operations that all librarians must perform. Following an introduction, 27 chapters are arranged in six major parts: *Management (including staffing, working with volunteers, and annual reports) *Marketing (including social networking and how to prove your library's worth to your boss) *Money (including budgeting and grant writing) *Services (including reference and circulation) *Collection Development (including assessment and weeding), and *Professional Development (including free webinars, YouTube videos, and networking) Each chapter is written by an expert. The chapter authors work in academic, public and special libraries. They work in hospitals, prisons, museums, colleges, courthouses, and corporations. Their libraries consist of books across the Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal system, and they work in specialized libraries that use a limited range of cataloging possibilities. Librarians in small libraries wear many hats. This handbook written by experts who are small librarians themselves will help all small librarians to do multiple jobs at the same time.


Graves has assembled a superior reference tool for librarians working in small, solo or otherwise non-traditional libraries as well as a truly useful handbook for library students seeking to understand the profession -- Jessamyn C. West, library technologist, The Small Library Manager's Handbook is an excellent go-to resource for handling the challenges and day-to-day operations of small libraries of all types. It is very useful for the new manager who is juggling multiple responsibilities, from finance to technology, while effectively meeting the needs of the library users. Of particular note is Part 5, addressing issues related to technology, especially for those librarians who don't have the luxury of an IT staff to design and maintain websites and other information and communication technologies. -- Stephanie L. Maatta, Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Science, Wayne State University

Author Biography:

Alice Graves holds an Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of South Florida and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society. She also holds a J.D. from the City University of New York's School of Law and a Master's in Education from Columbia University. She has worked in several small libraries and is currently a library director in upstate New York.


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