Administration of the Small Public Library by Darlene E. Weingand

By Darlene E. Weingand

What's our library's undertaking assertion? How will we serve our older buyers greater? How do I justify the acquisition of a brand new web computing device in my library? what number instances should still I name the plumber every year? those questions and extra are mentioned within the new version of an previous vintage. because the ebook of its first version in 1965, management of the Small Public Library has been a most appropriate source for developing and coping with cuttingedge small public library amenities. thoroughly revised and up-to-date, this forth version maintains that culture with many extra figures, case reports and pattern guidelines, and new content material on provide writing, software budgeting, hiring, and inventive reimbursement. whereas so much libraries round the state are thought of "small," working with fewer assets than educational and big metropolitan libraries, their clients nonetheless anticipate finding a related point of carrier and entry to details. This all-new version outlines what to do to make your library a visual, well-funded participant that retains speed. Addressing each element of operating a small library - from defining the community's features and forming a board to making plans the cheap and networking with different libraries - this complete reference can help you to: embody rising applied sciences. keep investment through encouraging group involvement and addressing neighborhood wishes. determine strengths, weaknesses, possibilities, and threats as you propose for the longer term. Adapt pattern records (including long-range plan, activity descriptions, organizational charts, price range worksheets, rules, and building plans) in your establishment. Designed to aid these eighty% of libraries labeled as "small," this thoroughly up to date variation is jam-packed with how-to details on tips on how to successfully deal with a thriving small public library.

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To understand the principles underlying the work of the personnel officer, the librarian needs to “speak the language” and to make clear the library’s program and needs as well as being competent in librarianship. A librarian with these skills will find a capable personnel officer an ally in many situations. Personnel officers understand the need for special training if the librarian can demonstrate that a position requires it; they are aware of the importance of salary-step increases, fringe benefits, and inservice training programs.

TELEPHONE SURVEY Telephone surveys are very popular and involve telephoning a sample of the citizens in the community. The telephone book can be the source of the sample, but this will disfranchise all individuals with unlisted numbers. A local college or university research lab can provide a computer-generated listing of telephone numbers to avoid this problem. A survey document (or interview schedule) needs to be developed, preferably with the assistance of someone trained in questionnaire design.

Book and current affairs discussion and action groups? civic groups? senior citizen or neighborhood clubs? scout troops and other youth groups? institutions Are there hospitals? health and welfare institutions? S. census, especially tract or district records (gathered every ten years, and now available in electronic form) school records local chamber of commerce or equivalent planning department of the community, county, or region agricultural sources (Grange, Farm Bureau, farm and home extension agents) published directories of businesses, industries, and national organizations with local units files of local organizations (Many libraries keep their own card or computer files of community organizations and officers or contacts.

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