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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 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 librariansfrom the newly hired to the most seasoned veteranthis 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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
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 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.
Table of Contents
I Management Strategies 1
1 Consult Your Stakeholders and Prioritize with Six Sigma Tools Elizabeth Nelson 3
2 Daily Operations Pamela O'Sullivan 9
3 Feudal Society of the Stacks Eric Owen 13
4 Necessary Sacrifices LeEtta Schmidt 23
5 Productive to the Core: Core Competencies and the. Productive Librarian Jenny Dale Lynda M. Kellam 33
6 Rural Librarians, Farm Out Your Work Michelle A. McIntyre 41
II Working with Staff 51
7 Circulation Staffing Kimberly Wells 53
8 Going, Going, Gone: Management Strategies for Time and Staff When There Is Little of Either Amber Lannon Sara Holder 61
9 Staff-Level Management of Library Reference Services: Not Just Personnel Economy, an Enhanced Service System Threasa Wesley 71
III Students, Volunteers, and Interns 81
10 Interns and Volunteers: Finding and Deploying Free Labor Portia Kapraun Beth M. Sheppard 83
11 Making the Best of a Reduced Staff: Utilizing Student Workers to Reach Library Goals Emy Nelson Decker 89
12 Student Workers on the Job: Maximizing Output Portia Kapraun Beth M. Sheppard 97
IV Monitoring Time and Projects 103
13 Developing and Implementing a Project Chart Jessica Shomberg Daardi Sizeinore 105
14 How Many Hours in My Day? How Many Slices in My Pie? Personal Productivity for the Busy Librarian John C. Gottfried 115
15 A Librarian's Time Management Toolkit Elite Dworak 125
16 Nimble Project Management for the Time and Budget Challenged Erin White 135
17 A Novel Approach to Project Management: Seven Lessons from NaNoWriMo Karen Munro 141
18 Time Management for Busy Academic librarians: Strategies for Success William H. Weare 149
V Getting Organized 159
19 Avoiding Information Overload Meredith Selfon 161
20 For Every Librarian a To-Do List Sarah Troy 167
21 Optimize Small Library Efficiency with Daily Routines and Organizational Strategies Stephanie Sweeney 177
22 The Power of Lists Meredith Selfon 187
23 Tame Your E-mail Erin White 191
VI Using Technology 197
24 Let's Not Meet: Making the Most of Time with Asynchronous Collaboration Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem Jerry M. Spiller 199
25 Making Memory Portable Sanjeet Mann 209
26 Social Media as Time Drain: The Myth of Efficiency Jennifer Nardine 215
VII Work-Life Balance 225
27 Managing Professional and Family Commitments Libby Gorman 227
28 Time Management, Reducing Stress, and Getting Organized Linda Burkey Wade 235
29 Working from Home, or How to Get It All Done without Going Crazy Elizabeth Nelson 245
30 What Personal Life? Pamela O'Sullivan 251
VIII Professional Development 255
31 Getting Things Done in the Library Sanjeet Mann 257
32 The High Road or Easy Street? Saving Time by Picking Your Battles Kelli Hines Deborah Farber 263
33 When Do I Have Time to Be Professionally Active? Robin Fay 271
About the Coeditors and Foreword Author 287
About the Contributors 289
What People are Saying About This
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.
This anthology is certain to become an essential resource for librarians everywhere as they attempt to maximize efficiency and productivity with limited resources.
Each chapter provides economical and strategic solutions. This book is a great addition to any librarian’s professional bookshelf.
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.
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.