The Accidental Library Manager
By Rachel Singer Gordon
"This in-depth look at library management includes
sound, practical advice from the author and from a
variety of experts in diverse settings. One of the
great strengths of the book is the broad coverage
of the management of people, facilities, and budgets.
Highly recommended for the first time or veteran manager."
—Dr. Julie Todaro, Management Consultant,
author of The Truth is Out There, and Dean,
Library Services, Austin Community College
Most librarians enter the field intending
to focus on a particular specialty, but eventually need
to take on certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities
in order to move forward. In The Accidental Library
Manager, author Rachel Singer Gordon provides support
and background for new managers, aspiring managers,
and those who find themselves in unexpected management
roles. Gordon fills in the gaps left by brief and overly
theoretical library school coursework, showing library
managers how to be more effective in their positions
and how to think about their work in terms of the goals
of their larger institutions. Included are insights
from working library managers at different levels and
in various types of libraries, addressing a wide range
of management issues and situations. Not to be missed:
comments from library staff about the qualities they
appreciate—and the styles and attitudes they find
counterproductive—in their own bosses. This readable
and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who
wishes to succeed in a management position.
"A comprehensive, practical guide to the mysteries
of management in the library workplace. Vital for
both new and experienced library managers."
—Pat Wagner, Principle
Pattern Research, Inc.
"Informative, thorough, and well documented. The
text covers many of the situations you hope never
to encounter (but inevitably do!) in a practical manner
and with a nice touch of humor."
—Gail Sweet, Director
Burlington County (NJ) Library System
2005/384 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-210-2 | Regular Price: $29.50 | Web Orders: $26.55
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