Small Public Library Management

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Those at the helm of a small public library know that every little detail counts. But juggling the responsibilities that are part and parcel of the job is far from easy. Finally, here's a handbook that includes everything administrators need to keep a handle on library operations, freeing them up to streamline and improve how the organization functions. It's packed with practical advice and dozens of checklists for
• Preparing budgets, writing ...
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Overview

Those at the helm of a small public library know that every little detail counts. But juggling the responsibilities that are part and parcel of the job is far from easy. Finally, here's a handbook that includes everything administrators need to keep a handle on library operations, freeing them up to streamline and improve how the organization functions. It's packed with practical advice and dozens of checklists for
• Preparing budgets, writing financial reports, and working with the library board
• Simplifying workflow using the fine art of delegation
• Collection development, including tips for effective weeding
• Launching initiatives and outreach programs, such as adult literacy programming and homework help centers
"Tales from the Field" offer real-world perspectives from library directors across the county. From finance and HR to collection development, policy, and programming, this resource puts ready-to-use information at your fingertips.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Shanna Swigert Smith
Small public library managers do it all, but they do not necessarily know it all. This makes this title essential for library management because it provides a starting place for common administrative issues and questions. The authors, both experienced in public library leadership and affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, breakdown this handbook into "Who Do You Work For," "Library Finances," "Personnel Management," "Facilities," "Collection Management," "Services and Programs," and "The Library as Place." Although this title contains very few images, the chapters present the information in a readable format with charts, tables, and examples, which include field experience and usable checklists and forms. The topics covered are easily searchable through a detailed table of contents and thorough index. This title, or more accurately termed a director's user manual, should be kept in close proximity to every small public librarian's desk. Librarians will find value in reading this book cover to cover, as well referencing it for specific situations. Despite the slenderness of the book, the authors pack loads of information into every page. The chapter about finances is especially informative in regards to the funding practices of small libraries. Government allocations are discussed, in addition to formulas that guide collection development. Keep in mind, each topic does not go into extreme depth, but they are descriptive enough to lead the reader in the right direction. This book is definitely recommended for small public librarians. Reviewer: Shanna Swigert Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838910856
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/27/2011
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,013,713
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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