An online course for sharpening supervisory skills
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is making available “Library Supervision eCourse.” Adapted from Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil’s bestselling ALA Editions book “Fundamentals of Library Supervision,” this Web-based, self-paced tutorial provides information and tools to effectively manage library staff.
Today’s library supervisor is challenged with managing teams and collaborative work groups rather than the more traditionally hierarchical structures in library services. A good manager must be able to demonstrate technical skill, good writing and oral skills and time management skills. Most importantly, a successful manager must be flexible. This eCourse addresses specific opportunities for both veterans and newcomers to sharpen their management style. Comprising an estimated three hours of instruction, the seven lessons in the eCourse are:
- Becoming a Manager;
- Building Effective Communication Skills;
- Teamwork and Group Dynamics;
- Hiring and Interviewing;
- Orientation and Training;
- Setting Goals and Objectives;
- Managing Performance.
McNeil is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Purdue University Libraries, where she is responsible for public services and collections. Before joining Purdue in 2007, McNeil was associate dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she led technical services operations, coordinated the staff development program, coordinated library-wide statistics efforts and managed library-wide special projects. Her books include “Patron Behavior in Libraries: Positive Approaches to Negative Situations” and “Human Resource Management in Today’s Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities.”