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The Small Library Manager's Handbook

Alice Graves

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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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 312Size: 6 1/4 x 9
978-1-4422-3987-6 • Hardback • October 2014 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-3013-2 • Paperback • October 2014 • $55.00 • (£37.95)
978-1-4422-3014-9 • eBook • October 2014 • $52.00 • (£34.95)
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.


Part 1: Administration

Chapter 1.How to Lead and Manage the Library
Diana Weaver
Chapter 2. How to Develop Effective Staff
Jezmynne Dene
Chapter 3.How to Effectively Manage Work and Time
Elizabeth Martin and Lynn Sheehan
Chapter 4. How to Successfully Plan Your Work Flow
Deirdre D. Spencer
Chapter 5.How to Network and Build Partnerships
Robin Shader
Chapter 6. How to Create Functional, Flexible and
Forgiving Library Spaces
Paul Glassman
Chapter 7.How to Rejuvenate a Neglected Library
Jeff Guerrier

Part 2: Finance and Budgeting

Chapter 8.How to Devise a Fund Raising Plan
James Anthony Schnur
Chapter 9. How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal
Sheila A. Cork

Part 3: Cataloging and Managing the Collection

Chapter 10.How to Acquire Library Materials on A Tight Budget
Miguel Figueroa-Pagán
Chapter 11.How to Evaluate, Build and Maintain a Special Collection
Erica Shott
Chapter 12.How to Manage Electronic Resources
Ashley Krenelka Chase
Chapter 13.How to Choose the Right ILS for Your Library
Joy M. Banks
Chapter 14.How to Excel at Collection Development
Wanda Headley
Chapter 15. How to Choose the Right Cataloging Tools
Beth Dwoskin
Chapter 16.How to Master the Art of Cataloging
Arwen Spinosa
Chapter 17.How to Train Your Staff to Catalog
Charles Ed Hill
Chapter 18. How to Utilize Interlibrary Loan
Corinne Nyquist
Chapter 19. How to Weed Library Materials
Sherill L. Harriger

Part 4: Marketing and Outreach

Chapter 20.How to Build an Army of Library Advocates
Lee Ann R. Benkert
Chapter 21. How to Grow a Library with Databases and Subscription Journals
Robin Henshaw and Valerie Enriquez
Chapter 22.How to Provide Quality Service to Internal and External Patrons
Joyce Abbott
Chapter 23.How to Build and Leverage Key Relationships in Your Organzation
Lana Brand and Raleigh McGarity
Chapter 24.How to Advocate for the Small Library Within the Organization
Lindsay Harmon
Chapter 25.How to Provide Quality Reference Service
Mara H. Sansolo

Part 5: Using Technology

Chapter 26.How to Conduct Virtual Reference: Creating and
Using Knowledge Products
Amelia Costigan
Chapter 27. How to Manage Technology
Zach English
Chapter 28.How to Create an Effective Library Website
Jill Goldstein


About the Contributors
Graves has assembled a superior reference tool for librarians working in small, solo or otherwise non-traditional libraries as well as a truly useful handbook for library students seeking to understand the profession
Jessamyn C. West, library technologist, Librarian.net

The Small Library Manager’s Handbook is an excellent go-to resource for handling the challenges and day-to-day operations of small libraries of all types. It is very useful for the new manager who is juggling multiple responsibilities, from finance to technology, while effectively meeting the needs of the library users. Of particular note is Part 5, addressing issues related to technology, especially for those librarians who don’t have the luxury of an IT staff to design and maintain websites and other information and communication technologies.
Stephanie L. Maatta, Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Science, Wayne State University