How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian
How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian
How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian
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Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810882132
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With firsthand knowledge of the trials and tribulations of working as a lone librarian, this reviewer appreciates this helpful primer aimed at those flying solo and seeking means to survive and thrive. Smallwood and Clapp have gathered information on a wide range of topics that are enlightening for solo librarians of all types. Each of the 26 chapters in How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian is written in straightforward prose by experienced library practitioners, and each is approximately 10 pages in length. Among the main subjects that warrant multiple chapters are marketing, community involvement, and professional development. Numerous thoughtful tips abound for the solo librarian in this specialized volume. A useful resource for those practicing or considering careers as solo librarians. (Booklist )

Smallwood (editor, Librarians as Community Partners), a veteran of public library administration, here oversees another practical book for librarians in the field. With Clapp (Humanities & Social Sciences Lib. West, Univ. of Florida), she presents a collection of pieces by various practitioners who must do it all. The contributed chapters cover time management, community involvement, public relations and marketing, professional development, administrative tasks, and assessing and weeding collections. The work is at times informative and practical....VERDICT Intended primarily for special librarians, who often function alone, and very small public libraries. (Library Journal )

The audience for this book—librarians who are working alone, or nearly alone—may be larger than many of us suspect. And once again Carol Smallwood has done what she does so well—present a guide, written by a variety of experienced professionals, full of common sense, nuts and bolts advice, and step-by-step instruction. (Tom Cooper, Director, Webster Groves Public Library, Webster, Writing and Publishing: the Librarian's Handbook, (ALA, 2010) )

Pragmatic and to the point, the articles contained in How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian are useful for librarians working at libraries of all types and sizes. The book is also a great starting point for those librarians about to embark on major tasks which lie outside of their comfort zone. (Wayne Finley, Assistant Professor and Business Librarian, Northern Illinois University Libraries )

A wealth of solid, practical advice, this anthology provides essential how-to articles that speak directly to the needs of those solo librarians who do it all. (Kim Becnel, assistant professor of library science, Appalachian State University )

Time and money are often in very short supply for the one person library. This book will give the solo librarian what is most needed—timely, practical advice presented in a concise and readable manner. (James B. Casey, Director, Oak Lawn Public Library; recipient of the Illinois Library Association Librarian of the Year Award )

You're not alone anymore! How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian, written by your fellow solo colleagues, is here to guide and help you. It covers the many facets of solo librarianship including collection development, moving your library, time management, PR & marketing, administrative tasks, as well as the much-needed advice on professional development. You are one amongst many; learn from your experienced friends. (Dorothea J. Coiffe, assistant professor, A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library )

In these tough economic times, where so many librarians find themselves wearing several different hats and taking on additional responsibilities, How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian not only offers helpful advice for the solo librarian, but useful ideas for those of us with reduced library staffs and budgets. (Larissa K. Garcia, assistance professor, National-Louis University Library )

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian presents the distilled knowledge of practicing solo librarians in an accessible, helpful way. It will be invaluable on the front lines. (John Helling, director, Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library ) 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.

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| 5 out of 5 Stars!

Tips for Librarians Running Libraries Alone is a excellent resource for small libraries of all types. Readers will find practical advice that will help them in managing their libraries.
I work with small public libraries in twelve different counties and I recommend this title to the people working in those libraries.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!

Carol Smallwood has edited another stellar anthology; this time providing much-needed guidance to solo librarians. With public library budgets at an all-time low, solo librarians may be on the rise. Through this anthology, the basics of library administration are adapted to the solo situation. Standout contributions include "Solo Librarians as Jugglers" by Roxanne Myers Spencer and "Security Tips for the Solo Librarian" by Jonathan Frater.

| 4 out of 5 Stars!

Now more than ever, librarians must be able to augment their technical library abilities with a whole array of skills including time management, marketing and public relations, community involvement, and administrative efficiency. "How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian", a compilation of chapters written by experts sharing their advice on these and other useful topics, is an excellent resource for any librarian working alone or coping with increased responsibilities/decreased resources in these challenging times.

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