By Rachel Singer Gordon
"Informative, thorough, and well documented. The text covers many of the situations you hope never to encounter (but inevitably do!) in a practical manner and with a nice touch of humor."
—Gail Sweet, Director, Burlington County (NJ) Library System
Most librarians enter the field intending to focus on a
particular specialty, but eventually need to take on
certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities in
order to move forward. In The Accidental Library
Manager, author Rachel Singer Gordon provides
support and background for new managers, aspiring
managers, and those who find themselves in
unexpected management roles. Gordon fills in the
gaps left by brief and overly theoretical library school coursework, showing library managers how to be more effective in their positions and how to think about their work in terms of the goals of their larger institutions. Included are insights from working library managers at different levels and in various types of libraries, addressing a wide range of management issues and situations. Not to be missed: comments from library staff about the qualities they appreciate—and the styles and attitudes they find counterproductive—in their own bosses. This readable and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who wishes to succeed in a management position.
"This in-depth look at library management includes sound, practical advice from the author and from a variety of experts in diverse settings. One of the great strengths of the book is the broad coverage of the management of people, facilities, and budgets. Highly recommended for the first time or veteran manager."
—Dr. Julie Todaro, Management Consultant,
author of The Truth is Out There, and Dean,
Library Services, Austin Community College
"A comprehensive, practical guide to the mysteries of management in the library workplace. Vital for both new and experienced library managers."
—Pat Wagner, Principle, Pattern Research, Inc.
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