Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-7035-0 • Hardback • August 2017 • $110.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4422-7036-7 • Paperback • August 2017 • $59.00 • (£45.00)
978-1-4422-7037-4 • eBook • August 2017 • $56.00 • (£41.00)
Mary Grace Flaherty is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD from Syracuse University and holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Essential Background
Chapter 2 Staffing and Organizational Planning
Chapter 3 Attracting the Best and Brightest
Chapter 4 Staff Engagement: Creating Opportunities
Chapter 5 Staff Development
Chapter 6 Staff Evaluation
Chapter 7 Additional Funding Sources for Staffing Activities
Chapter 8 Wrapping Up
Flaherty offers library staff with varying levels of supervising experience an accessible, well-organized guide filled with a plethora of resources. Drawing on firsthand experience, the author provides valuable advice on everything from recruiting prospective candidates and cultivating a positive workplace culture to promoting continuing education and conducting ongoing performance appraisals. New supervisors will find rubrics and charts on, for instance, evaluating job candidates’ interview responses, invaluable. Each chapter ends with a bibliography. While there are many materials on staff management, Flaherty’s volume stands out for its relevance to libraries. VERDICT: Highly recommended for current and aspiring library supervisors interested in building their management skills and developing an efficient and cohesive staff.
— Library Journal
Flaherty, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lays out the basics for leading a successful library staff, beginning with a compelling argument for stepping back from daily duties to proactively focus on staff development.... Flaherty reveals her breadth of experience, which makes the book applicable to just about any library environment—public, academic, and special—and solo librarians are also specifically addressed. This is an essential resource for new supervisors or those trying to solve a staff-retention or morale problem.
The Library Staff Development Handbook by Mary Grace Flaherty is just the book to guide both the seasoned and newbie library supervisor alike.
— Journal of the Medical Library Association
Librarians and library supervisors who have the responsibility for empowering and nurturing their staffs will find real gems of practical advice, templates, tips, and personal connections in this staff development handbook. In this guide, Flaherty has captured the positive, supportive, and nurturing tone that libraries must create within their organizations to recruit, hire, train, and maintain effective and engaged staffs. Supervisors will want to keep this book handy and refer to it often.
— Barbara Stripling, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice, School of Information Studies, Syracuse Unviersity, President, American Library Association, 2013-2014 and President, New York Library Association, 2016-2017
A key feature of The Library Staff Development Handbook is the inclusion of case studies and templates
to help put staff development concepts into practice. . . . The author strikes an excellent balance
between providing a general overview of staff development topics and providing enough
granular detail on how to implement these activities.
— The Library Quarterly