How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian


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How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian by Carol Smallwood

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, public libraries, and seasoned LIS faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians. As noted in the Foreword, "In many ways, solo librarianship demands more communication and collaboration than librarians might experience in larger multi-employee libraries." Despite the fact that most of the authors are currently working alone in their library or archives, they do not work in a vacuum. These chapters aim to help librarians thrive in the demanding environment that exists for the solo librarian. Topics covered include time management, community involvement, public relations and marketing, professional development, internet-based ideas, administrative tasks, assessing and moving collections, and general overviews. How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian will be useful for all professionals and students in the field of librarianship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810882133
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (2010) and Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (2010). Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Libraries. Melissa J. Clapp is the Coordinator of Instruction & Outreach at Humanities & Social Sciences Library West, University of Florida. Her most recent publication appears in Collaborative Librarianship.

Table of Contents

Part I: Time Management
1. Solo Librarians as Jugglers - Roxanne Myers Spencer
2. Survive and Thrive as a Solo Librarian - Barbara Fiehn
Part II: Community Involvement
3. Building Partnerships - Julie A. Evener
4. A Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages - Tatum Preston
5. Simple Programming Strategies to Enhance Libraries - Cassandra Jackson-Ifie
6. The Solo School Librarian: Creating a Constellation of Community Support - Jess deCourcy Hinds
7. Teen Volunteers to the Rescue! - Cindy Welch
Part III: Public Relations and Marketing
8. Advertise the Library? Horrors! - Laurie Selwyn
9. Public Relations: Promoting Yourself and Library Resources When No One Else Will - Andrea Wilcox Brooks
10. Public Relations as Relationship: Saying Yes! - Rhonda Taylor
11. Customer Service Tips for Solo Librarians: Dealing with Patron Problems - Sandra O. Stubbs
Part IV: Professional Development
12. Continuing Professional Development - Eva Hornung
13. Professional Growth for the Solo Librarian - Kimberly Mitchell
Part V: Internet-Based Ideas for Librarianship
14. Double Your Staff With Instructional Videos - Claudia J. Dold
15. The New Coconino Community College Library: A Librarian, Collaborative Library Services and an Online Library - Estelle Pope
16. No Budget? No Problem! - Eileen Boswell
Part VI: Administrative Tasks
17. From Solo Librarian to Super Librarian - Jenny Ryun Foster
18. Oh, Those Dreaded Annual Reports - Virginia L. Eldridge
19. Security Tips for the Solo Librarian - Jonathan Frater
20. Supervision Made Simple: Running a School Library Alone - Rebecca Marcum Parker
Part VII: Assessing, Weeding and Moving Collections
21. Placing One Foot in Front of the Other: Learning How to Assess the Collection - Stephanie Renne
22. The Lonely Librarian: A Guide to Solo Weeding - Lara Frater
23. Moving a Library - Holly Lakatos
Part VIII: Library Overviews
24. Making a Career-College Library Relevant - David Castelli
25. The One-Man Band: The Solo Librarian Supervising Circulation, Cataloging, Collection Development, Reference and Equipment - Lois Kuyper-Rushing
26. Working as a Solo Librarian in a Large Organization: Running the Labriola National American Indian Data Center - Joyce Martin
About the Authors

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Kim Becnel

A wealth of solid, practical advice, this anthology provides essential how-to articles that speak directly to the needs of those solo librarians who do it all.

Wayne Finley

Pragmatic and to the point, the articles contained in How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian are useful for librarians working at libraries of all types and sizes. The book is also a great starting point for those librarians about to embark on major tasks which lie outside of their comfort zone.

Dorothea J. Coiffe

You're not alone anymore! How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian, written by your fellow solo colleagues, is here to guide and help you. It covers the many facets of solo librarianship including collection development, moving your library, time management, PR & marketing, administrative tasks, as well as the much-needed advice on professional development. You are one amongst many; learn from your experienced friends.

Tom Cooper

The audience for this book—librarians who are working alone, or nearly alone—may be larger than many of us suspect. And once again Carol Smallwood has done what she does so well—present a guide, written by a variety of experienced professionals, full of common sense, nuts and bolts advice, and step-by-step instruction.

John Helling

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian presents the distilled knowledge of practicing solo librarians in an accessible, helpful way. It will be invaluable on the front lines.

James B. Casey

Time and money are often in very short supply for the one person library. This book will give the solo librarian what is most needed—timely, practical advice presented in a concise and readable manner.

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