The PLA Reader for Public Library Directors and Managers

The PLA Reader for Public Library Directors and Managers

by Kathleen M. Hughes
     
 

Library policy experts Jeanette Larson and Herman Totten return with this new guide addressing today's hot-button issues - the PATRIOT Act, fair labor standards, disaster planning, CIPA, virtual reference services, wireless networks - and the timeless topics that require official responses. In addition to explaining the importance of policies and the fundamentals

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Overview

Library policy experts Jeanette Larson and Herman Totten return with this new guide addressing today's hot-button issues - the PATRIOT Act, fair labor standards, disaster planning, CIPA, virtual reference services, wireless networks - and the timeless topics that require official responses. In addition to explaining the importance of policies and the fundamentals of their creation, Larson and Totten analyze and offer model policies for over 65 crucial areas, including:

Personnel and employment practices

Collection development

Staff and patron conduct

Reference and information services

Access to library materials, services, and facilities

The companion CD-ROM reproduces all of the policies, for easy replication or adaptation to your library.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
According to the publishers, this is the first of a new series designed for busy public library professionals dealing with practical solutions for a myriad number of responsibilities. The 32 chapters are taken from previously published magazine articles (15), books (11), online articles (4), and papers (2). Unfortuantely, many of the articles are out of date; a quick specific subject search in online magazine databases would provide more accurate and current information, actually saving more of the professional's time. Chapters taken from books are out of context and don't give enough information on the specified topic; a chapter may refer to details found in other parts of the book not included here. Librarians would be better served by having the entire book. The various writing styles and differing levels of technicality are jarring in one volume. VERDICT The publishers have missed the mark on this repackaging of previously published material. Professionals will make better use of their time by reading current online and print periodicals, as well as newly released titles. Not recommended.—Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555706845
Publisher:
ALA Editions
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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