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Administration of the Public Library
     

Administration of the Public Library

by Alice Gertzog, Edwin Beckerman, Edwin Beckerman
 
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

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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.

Author Biography: 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 Studiesc

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Library Journal
Library science students and public library administrators alike will profit from this comprehensive introduction by Gertzog and Beckerman, experienced public library administrators, educators, and consultants. Using as their model Guy R. Lyle's Administration of the College Library, 4th ed. (Professional Reading, LJ 6/1/75; Gertzog coauthored Lyle's Administration of the College Library. 5th ed., Professional Reading, LJ 2/1/93), the authors give attention to the history of U.S. public libraries, as well as the theories and issues of contemporary public librarianship. They also include specific practical applications and sound advice for public and technical services, marketing, human resource management, financial management, collection development, and library evaluation. Appropriate titles are suggested at the end of each chapter for the reader who wants more depth. Expect future editions of this eminently readable, yet well-documented text.-Lyn Hopper, Chestatee Regional Lib., Gainesville, Ga.
Patrick Dewey
Gertzog and Beckerman manage to cover all aspects of public librarianship in a good handbook and reference for any library director, trustee, or librarian. In each area covered, they provide both a history and a summary of where libraries are at today, and although their efforts bulk up to more than 580 pages, the pages do not intimidate but remain reader friendly, with plenty of practical advice and suggestions throughout. Specific topics include the various forms of library organization, the distinction between the roles of library director and library trustee, collection development, reference, reader assistance, youth services, outreach, marketing, computer technology, human resources (personnel management), financial management, building and equipment maintenance, and evaluation of the library and its services. The ALA Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read statement, and Request for Reconsideration of a Book form are appended, as is a document very useful to library directors and trustees, "Library Walkabout"--a guide to a do-it-yourself evaluation tour of a library's physical plant, with questions to ask at each stop.
Booknews
Combines theory and practical advice on public library policies, procedures, resources, and human relations, for students and practicing librarians. Covers systems theory, the history of the public library in the US, the planning process, trustees and associations, automation and technology, human resources, and financial management. Appendices include a library bill of rights. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Libraries
This indexed, 581-page book will be useful to library school students as well as practitioners.
Lisr
...will greatly assist directors and administrators...easy to understand language, avoiding technical jargon and unexplained acronyms...extremely beneficial...thought-provoking...Well written, conveniently organized, and unbiased...could easily become a classic reference tool for public library directors and administrators. The information is timely and pertinent to their duties. Intended not only for use by those in charge of public libraries, but as a text for students as well, many schools of library instruction would be advised to use it as a text for management courses.
Booklist
...cover[s] all aspects of public librarianship in a good handbook and reference for any library director, trustee, or librarian....reader friendly, with plenty of practical advice and suggestions throughout.
The Library Quarterly
...a contextual approach to library administration—which is the book's strength.
Library Association Record
...worthwhile to add to collections on public library management, whether for library schools or for public library managers.
Public Library Quarterly
Recommended for graduate schools of library science and larger public library collections.
Library Review
...the practical advice given by the authors is jargon-free and addresses in a simple, logical and clear fashion the issues which face public libraries...In essence, this work helps us to understand our own past and, in doing so, contributes to a clear realization of our own circumstances in the community that is librarianship.
Information & Culture
The chapters cover broad subject areas, and the supplemental readings provide an entree into library literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810828575
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
601
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.53(d)

Meet the Author

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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