The Accidental Library Manager / Edition 1

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Overview

"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.
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Library Journal
Gordon, well known for her work on generational issues in librarianship (including writing LJ's NextGen column), is the author of several books on career development in the profession, among them The Accidental Systems Librarian and The Librarian's Guide to Writing for the Profession. This time she takes on library management. Designed to help "those who became library managers `by accident,' without a planned step-by-step progression up the career ladder," her book addresses a range of management concerns, including managing personnel, facilities, money, and change. She also includes a primer on management theories and addresses philosophical, legal, and ethical issues. Each chapter offers a wealth of practical tips and commonsense advice; there are lots of quotes from library managers and staff to illustrate key points and provide real-life examples. The book offers a readable, enjoyable overview of library management for new and potential managers; its only weakness is that the information is sometimes a bit general. New managers in academic libraries looking for more specific, how-to info should also consider Pixey Anne Mosley's Transitioning from Librarian to Middle Manager, while public librarians might look at Edward Evans and Patricia Layzell Ward's Beyond the Basics: The Management Guide for Library and Information Professionals. Recommended for graduate and professional collections.-Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573872102
  • Publisher: Information Today, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 859,947
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Becoming a library manager 1
Ch. 2 Levels of management 29
Ch. 3 Managing people : personnel issues 57
Ch. 4 Managing people : managing different groups 91
Ch. 5 Managing people : communication and leadership 113
Ch. 6 What library staff want 145
Ch. 7 Managing facilities and technology 167
Ch. 8 Managing change 183
Ch. 9 Managing money 203
Ch. 10 Managing upward and outward 229
Ch. 11 Theories of management 259
Ch. 12 Philosophical, legal, and ethical issues 289
Ch. 13 Where to go from here 303
App. A Library management surveys 333
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