The Accidental Library Manager

The Accidental Library Manager

by Rachel Singer Gordon
     
 

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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

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573878968
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2011
Series:
The Accidental Library Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,071,406
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Julie Todaro
"This in-depth look at library management includes sound, practical advice from the author and from a variety of experts in diverse settings. One of the great strengths of the book is the broad coverage of the management of people, facilities, and budgets. Highly recommended for the first time or veteran manager."
Dr., Management Consultant, author of The Truth is Out There, and Dean, Library Services, Austin Community College
Gail Sweet
"Informative, thorough, and well documented. The text covers many of the situations you hope never to encounter (but inevitably do!) in a practical manner and with a nice touch of humor."
Director Burlington County (NJ) Library System
Pat Wagner
"A comprehensive, practical guide to the mysteries of management in the library workplace. Vital for both new and experienced library managers."
Principle Pattern Research, Inc.

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