Customer Service in Libraries: Best Practices (Best Practices in Library Services)

Customer Service in Libraries: Best Practices (Best Practices in Library Services)

By: Michael Messina (editor), Charles Harmon (editor)Paperback

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In this book, nine librarians from across the country describe their libraries' best practices in this key area. Their contributions range from all-encompassing customer service policies and models any library can both adapt and be proud of to micro-approaches that emphasize offering excellent user-focused technology planning, picture book arrangement with patrons in mind, Web 2.0 tools to connect users with the library, establishing good service delivery chains, and making your library fantastic for homeschoolers.

About Author

Charles Harmon is an Executive Editor for the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. His background includes work in special, public, and school libraries. Michael Messina is a reference librarian at the State University of New York's Maritime College. He has also worked as a researcher at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Archives. The former publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books/Limelight Editions, he is a coeditor of Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays (Northwestern University Press).


* Introduction by Audra Caplan, Former President of the Public Library Association * "STARS: Launching a Customer-Service Model in Riverside County" by Mark Smith, Riverside County, CA Library System * "Technically Speaking" by Karen C. Knox, Orion Township Public Library, MI * "Reader Advisory at Darien Library" by Alan Kirk Gray, Darien Library, CT * "The Darien Library's Picture Book Reorganization: A Collection Designed with Patrons in Mind" by Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT * "Service Delivery Chains as a Strategy for Improving Library Customer Service" by John J. Huber, J. Huber & Associates, Tulsa, OK * "The Collaborative Conversation: Connecting Libraries and Readers using Web 2.0 Tools" by Judi Repman, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro * "Improving Customer Service by Utilizing an Existing Technology Innovatively" by Adriana Gonzalez, Texas A & M University Libraries, College Station * "Service is Personal: The Howard County Library System Customer Service Program" by Lewis Belfont, Howard County Library System, MD * "The Buzz on Patron Service" by Shannon Hodgens Halikias, Lisle Library District, IL * "Make Your Library Fantastic for Homeschoolers" by Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, IN

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810887480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 118
  • ID: 9780810887480
  • weight: 186
  • ISBN10: 0810887487

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