For immediate release | November 5, 2010

A self-paced tutorial for hiring and supervising library shelvers

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is making available “Hiring and Supervising Library Shelvers eCourse.” Adapted from Patricia Tunstall’s bestselling ALA Editions book “Hiring, Training, and Supervising Library Shelvers,” this Web-based, self-paced tutorial quickly and easily familiarizes library managers with the ins and outs of working with library shelvers. Comprising an estimated three hours of instruction, the six lessons in the eCourse are:

  • Looking for Shelvers;
  • Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring Shelvers;
  • Training Shelvers;
  • Advanced Training for Shelvers;
  • Day-to-Day Supervision;
  • Keeping Your Shelvers and the Library Happy.
This eCourse is also available as part of a bundle, which includes enrollment in the eCourse along with the companion e-book.
Tunstall is an information assistant at Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Ill. She spends most of her time at the reference desk helping patrons with their questions and their leisure reading choices. She was first employed as a page at Indian Trails and subsequently as the supervisor of pages and shelving. Since receiving a teaching certificate from Nottingham University in England, she has held jobs in a variety of fields. She also contributes articles to library publications.
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Jill Davis