The Small Library Manager's Handbook

Rowman & Littlefield
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The Small Library Manager’s Handbook is for librarians working in all types of small libraries.
It covers the everyday nuts-and-bolts operations that all librarians must perform. Following an introduction, 27 chapters are arranged in six major parts:
  • Management (including staffing, working with volunteers, and annual reports)
  • Marketing (including social networking and how to prove your library’s worth to your boss)
  • Money (including budgeting and grant writing)
  • Services (including reference and circulation)
  • Collection Development (including assessment and weeding), and
  • Professional Development (including free webinars, YouTube videos, and networking)

Each chapter is written by an expert. The chapter authors work in academic, public and special libraries. They work in hospitals, prisons, museums, colleges, courthouses, and corporations. Their libraries consist of books across the Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal system, and they work in specialized libraries that use a limited range of cataloging possibilities.
Librarians in small libraries wear many hats. This handbook written by experts who are small librarians themselves will help all small librarians to do multiple jobs at the same time.
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About the author

Alice Graves holds an Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of South Florida and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society. She also holds a J.D. from the City University of New York’s School of Law and a Master’s in Education from Columbia University. She has worked in several small libraries and is currently a library director in upstate New York.
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Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
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Published on
Oct 16, 2014
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9781442230149
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / Administration & Management
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