The ultimate handbook for library managers

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For Immediate Release

January 12, 2010


ALA Editions
, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “

Fundamentals of Library Supervision, Second Edition
,” by Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil. These two experienced library managers weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. This revised edition focuses on real-world, day-to-day practices offering

  • Specific strategies for new supervisory staff
  • Hundreds of tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity and building teamwork
  • Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing and training
  • Policies and procedures that maintain fairness while addressing potential legal landmines

Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in a complex and changing environment.

Giesecke is dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include organizational decision-making and management skills. She has developed a training program for managers and has presented a variety of papers on management and supervisory skills. Her other books include “Practical Help for New Supervisors,” “Scenario Planning for Libraries,” “Practical Strategies for Library Managers,” and “Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders.”

McNeil is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Purdue University Libraries, where she is responsible for public services and collections. Previously, McNeil led technical services operations, coordinated the staff development program, coordinated library-wide statistics efforts and managed library-wide special projects for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her other 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.”

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