How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, public libraries, and seasoned LIS faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians.
Carol Smallwood has worked as a public library systems administrator and consultant, and in school, academic, and special libraries. She has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several books, including Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (2010) and Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (2010). Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Libraries. Melissa J. Clapp is the Coordinator of Instruction & Outreach at Humanities & Social Sciences Library West, University of Florida. Her most recent publication appears in Collaborative Librarianship.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Time Management 1. Solo Librarians as Jugglers - Roxanne Myers Spencer 2. Survive and Thrive as a Solo Librarian - Barbara Fiehn Part II: Community Involvement 3. Building Partnerships - Julie A. Evener 4. A Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages - Tatum Preston 5. Simple Programming Strategies to Enhance Libraries - Cassandra Jackson-Ifie 6. The Solo School Librarian: Creating a Constellation of Community Support - Jess deCourcy Hinds 7. Teen Volunteers to the Rescue! - Cindy Welch Part III: Public Relations and Marketing 8. Advertise the Library? Horrors! - Laurie Selwyn 9. Public Relations: Promoting Yourself and Library Resources When No One Else Will - Andrea Wilcox Brooks 10. Public Relations as Relationship: Saying Yes! - Rhonda Taylor 11. Customer Service Tips for Solo Librarians: Dealing with Patron Problems - Sandra O. Stubbs Part IV: Professional Development 12. Continuing Professional Development - Eva Hornung 13. Professional Growth for the Solo Librarian - Kimberly Mitchell Part V: Internet-Based Ideas for Librarianship 14. Double Your Staff With Instructional Videos - Claudia J. Dold 15. The New Coconino Community College Library: A Librarian, Collaborative Library Services and an Online Library - Estelle Pope 16. No Budget? No Problem! - Eileen Boswell Part VI: Administrative Tasks 17. From Solo Librarian to Super Librarian - Jenny Ryun Foster 18. Oh, Those Dreaded Annual Reports - Virginia L. Eldridge 19. Security Tips for the Solo Librarian - Jonathan Frater 20. Supervision Made Simple: Running a School Library Alone - Rebecca Marcum Parker Part VII: Assessing, Weeding and Moving Collections 21. Placing One Foot in Front of the Other: Learning How to Assess the Collection - Stephanie Renne 22. The Lonely Librarian: A Guide to Solo Weeding - Lara Frater 23. Moving a Library - Holly Lakatos Part VIII: Library Overviews 24. Making a Career-College Library Relevant - David Castelli 25. The One-Man Band: The Solo Librarian Supervising Circulation, Cataloging, Collection Development, Reference and Equipment - Lois Kuyper-Rushing 26. Working as a Solo Librarian in a Large Organization: Running the Labriola National American Indian Data Center - Joyce Martin About the Authors Index