Exemplary Public Libraries: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Service / Edition 1

Exemplary Public Libraries: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Service / Edition 1

by Joy M. Greiner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313310696

ISBN-13: 9780313310690

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

What does it take to have a great library? The right leader? A great team? A wonderful facility? The best services? How can you transform your library to better meet the demands of tomorrow? This author visited 10 exemplary public libraries in the United States and Great Britain to find answers to these questions. She interviewed directors and key staff, researched

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What does it take to have a great library? The right leader? A great team? A wonderful facility? The best services? How can you transform your library to better meet the demands of tomorrow? This author visited 10 exemplary public libraries in the United States and Great Britain to find answers to these questions. She interviewed directors and key staff, researched archives, and observed facilities, operations, and interactions. The results of her explorations are contained in this volume, providing readers with nuts and bolts information on public library management along with general insights into what libraries have been, are today, and can be in the future. Each chapter begins with background information on the library's location, community, and facilities; as well as its mission statement, history, and organization. Interviews (or, in some cases, summaries of interviews) with directors and key staff follow. Chapters close with the author's observations about distinguishing features of the library; and those comments are summarized in a final chapter, The Public Library: A Tradition of Service, A Future of Performance. A selected bibliography, historical timelines, and black and white photos of each of the libraries help make this a unique and treasured resource for library administrators and staff, as well as faculty and students in courses on public libraries, library history, management, and facilities. It will be of interest to anyone interested in library history, library management, and the future of public libraries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310690
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Libraries Unlimited Library Management Collection Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bernadette R. Storck

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I: Selected Public Libraries in the British Isles

Section A: Scotland and England

Part II: Selected Public Libraries in the United States

Section A: From the Heartland - A Midwestern City Library

Section B: Public Libraries on the West Coast

Section C: Public Libraries in Western States

Section D: Public Libraries in Southern States

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