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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heidi L. Marshall, MLS, AHIP (Washington Hospital)
Description: Bruce E. Massis has provided a book intended to serve as a guide for the planning and implementation of a viable library. The unique element here is the provision of Web sites for the reader.
Purpose: This book is primarily designed for librarians who are new in the field. Basic library management skills are still needed whether it be in public, private, or academic settings. This book adequately meets those needs.
Audience: It is basic enough for student use, but the direction is for the graduate librarian who is already working in the field. The author is a respected library manager with two decades of experience, making him a credible authority for this particular book.
Features: The book focuses on practical library management. It covers staffing, teamwork, technology, training, and consortia. The best feature is the straightforward direction the author takes. At 95 pages in length, the book establishes key information quickly. Appendix A, which lists ALA accredited library schools throughout the country, is a particularly good feature. A possible shortcoming of the book is its abbreviated length. There is opportunity for more information to be included.
Assessment: The quality of this book is very good. It is a useful companion tool for the new library manager. The author has shared his two decades of experience in one book, which has its place on the shelves of a information manager's library management collection.