Moorman’s how-to-do-it manual for running a small library

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/15/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO— Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where the second edition of editor John A. Moorman’s “Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, comes in. Inside its pages a crack team of contributors offers guidance on every essential aspect of what it takes to run a small library. Fully revised and updated, including a new chapter on digital library services, the second edition covers such day-to-day issues as:

  • budgeting, from planning to advocacy;
  • developing and implementing policies and procedures;
  • maintaining facilities;
  • acquisition, cataloging, and collection development and management on a shoestring;
  • circulation;
  • programming, outreach, and community partnerships;
  • library technology, from computers and networks to automation systems and beyond.

Also featured is an updated resource section listing furniture, automation, book, and periodical vendors; electronic discussion and support groups; professional organizations; and resources for more information.

Moorman is owner and principal consultant at Dominion Library Associates, Williamsburg, Virginia. From 1975–2013, he served as director of public libraries and multitype library systems in North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia. He is active in state and national library associations, has served on the ALA Executive Board, and is a past president of the Virginia Library Association. He has provided workshops on a variety of topics, including fund-raising and the organization of library support groups, and has published numerous articles.

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