For immediate release | July 7, 2011

Quick reminder library management tips for busy librarians

CHICAGO— “Library Management Tips that Work,” published by ALA Editions, tackles the details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that can slip through the cracks of other handbooks. Edited by Carol Smallwood, this eclectic guide addresses dozens of such issues facing library managers, such as:

  • How to create a job manual and keep staff accountable;
  • Keeping your library board in the loop;
  • Using numbers to make your case;
  • Dealing with unreturned library materials;
  • Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian;
  • Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages;
  • Public relations on a shoestring.

Smallwood has edited or written numerous books, including the ALA Editions titles “The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times,” “Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook” and “Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook .” “Lily’s Odyssey” and “Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages” are new releases outside librarianship. Her magazine credits include The Writer’s Chronicle, English Journal and Michigan Feminist Studies; her library experience covers work in school, public, academic and special libraries as well as being an administrator and consultant.

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