Library managers and supervisors face staffing decisions every day. When priorities change quickly - whether relating to diversity, legal challenges, new technology, or simply a desire to build an exciting team and bring people together to do their best - it takes more than good intentions to achieve results. Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive work place, as they weave practical advice and expert commentary into an easy-to-use resource. Drawing both from common sense and from the experience and insights of the pros, they address an increasingly turbulent library environment. They focus on daily, real-world practices with: Specific strategies for brand-new supervisory staff; Tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity, and building teamwork; Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing, 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 the complex and changing environments in their libraries.
Joan Giesecke, Ph.D., is Dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In addition to working at all levels of management within public, special, and academic libraries, she has developed training programs for managers. She holds a doctorate in public administration from George Mason University, a master's of library science from the University of Maryland, and a master's degree in management from Central Michigan University. She is former editor of Library Administration and Management and is author of Scenario Planning for Libraries and Practical Help for New Supervisors, both published by ALA Editions.