Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians

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As budgets for libraries continue to shrink, the key challenge facing the 21st century librarian is finding how to do more with less. Learning how to increase productivity within the constraints of a difficult economy, librarians can benefit from the insights of fellow professionals and others who have succeeded in making the most of what they have.

Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians features more than thirty essays that provide valuable tips for the ...

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Overview

As budgets for libraries continue to shrink, the key challenge facing the 21st century librarian is finding how to do more with less. Learning how to increase productivity within the constraints of a difficult economy, librarians can benefit from the insights of fellow professionals and others who have succeeded in making the most of what they have.

Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians features more than thirty essays that provide valuable tips for the professional who must cope with increasing demands upon their resources. Librarians will get tips on how to:
§identify the most important tasks for the library
§eliminate non-essential functions and processes
§increase reliance on volunteers, interns, and students
§optimize daily routines and schedule staff effectively
§increase productivity through the use of social media and email
§increase project and time management skills and personal productivity through setting and meeting goals

With productivity tips for all librarians—from the newly hired to the most seasoned veteran—this volume will help libraries provide better service to their users and also show librarians how to give this service without losing their personal lives and their sanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry Grieco
This terrific anthology offers tips and strategies useful for any library professional, especially those in which time, staff, and money, are limited commodities.
Heather Payne
Each chapter provides economical and strategic solutions. This book is a great addition to any librarian’s professional bookshelf.
Elizabeth J. Hylen
From prioritizing e-mail and social media, to employing a portable memory system, Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians will help you find ways to do more and better, with less.
Carol Luers Eyman
The editors' formula for this anthology is one drop theory to four or five drops of practical advice. What it creates is an elixir for librarians who struggle to accomplish their goals while negotiating changing technology, shrinking, budgets, and depleted staffs.
Jeffrey A. Franks
This anthology is certain to become an essential resource for librarians everywhere as they attempt to maximize efficiency and productivity with limited resources.
Rita Marsales
This book presents studies that will enable librarians to employ new technologies as well as proven ideas to better utilize their time and efforts in these difficult economic times.
American Reference Books Annual
Edited by a prolific editor of works in conjunction with the executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois and the services implementation coordinator for the King County Library System in Washington, this work brings together 33 chapters organized into 8 sections: management strategies; working with staff; students, volunteers, and interns; monitoring time and projects; getting organized; using technology; work-life balance; and professional development. Thirty-three public and academic librarians from the United States and Canada share their experiences and knowledge on time and project management to assist others. Ranging from the macro level of library systems to the micro level of personal time and project management, chapters will be found to support and guide librarians at all levels with their needs. Offering tips drawn from personal experiences, the chapters will enhance any librarian’s practices through narrative, takeaways, and step-by-step guidelines to building one’s own abilities in time and project management. This is a valuable tool for any librarian’s arsenal as the tasks grow in number and complexity and the budget and manpower shrink. Students and practitioners alike will benefit from these tips and tales from the trenches.
Jack Montgomery
Effective time management is crucial for librarians and this concise, well-written anthology will provide you with all the theory and the practical applications needed to succeed regardless of your organizational circumstances.
Geoffrey P. Timms
Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians presents a selection of innovative and transferable strategies, tools, and wisdom from front-line library practitioners who face the challenge of doing more with less every day. As resources and personnel are trimmed from our libraries, the deployable solutions contained in these pages will be a welcome companion for librarians striving for effectiveness while utilizing dwindling resources efficiently.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810890527
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,034,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Smallwood has worked as a public library systems administrator and consultant, and in school, academic, and special libraries. She has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several books, including How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (2011), Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials (2012), and Library Services for Multicultural Patrons (2012), all published by Scarecrow Press. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Libraries.

Jason Kuhl is the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) in Arlington Heights, IL. He is a contributor to The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times and Library Management Tips that Work.

Lisa Fraser is the Services Implementation Coordinator for the King County Library System, Washington and teaches courses in marketing and advocacy for libraries at the Information School of the University of Washington. Fraser has contributed to professional anthologies such as The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, and has also published in journals, blogs, and newspapers.

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