Handbook for Community College Librarians

by Michael A. Crumpton and Nora J. Bird


Community college libraries need—and deserve—comprehensive support.

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October 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 172
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Management and Administration/General
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General

An in-depth understanding of the complexities, dynamics, and emerging trends in community college libraries today.

Handbook for Community College Librarians covers all aspects of librarianship that apply to community colleges in a one-stop reference book. It provides information that enables the librarian to become more successful in the community college environment and reflects on its unique qualities, identifying the specific skills required and the differences from other library settings. The authors address instructional design and highlight the distinctions in the types of information literacy appropriate to the specialized curriculum and certification needs of a community college. Besides being an outstanding professional development tool, this handbook will also be useful to library and information science students studying service in community college libraries as a career option.


  • Provides insights from two librarians experienced in working in community college libraries who are networked across the country with seasoned community college librarian colleagues
  • Includes chapter summaries and real-world stories make the content useful and relevant as well as easy to use
  • Covers issues of paramount importance, including assessment, advocacy, and information literacy variations
  • Appropriate for existing community college librarians, directors, and paraprofessionals as a professional development resource as well as an orientation tool for new librarians moving into a community college assignment
Author Info

Michael A. Crumpton, MLS, SPHR, is assistant dean for administrative services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was formerly director of library services at Wake Tech Community College and holds a certificate as a senior human resources professional as well as a graduate certificate in community college teaching. His published works include the articles, "Workplace Information Literacy: A Neglected Priority for Community College Libraries" in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship and "Reconceiving Entrepreneurship for Libraries: Collaboration and the Anatomy of a Conference" in Collaborative Librarianship. Crumpton writes a quarterly column for The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances and has published several other chapters and articles.

Nora J. Bird, MLS, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She worked as a reference librarian in community and small college libraries in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her published works include the articles, "Workplace Information Literacy: A Neglected Priority for Community College Libraries" in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, "Source Evaluation and Information Literacy: Findings from a Study on Science Websites" in Communications in Information Literacy, and "Informationists in a Small University Library" in Reference and User Services Quarterly. Bird's teaching and research interests include collections management and community college libraries.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments

  • Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Administrative Structures and Competencies Chapter 3: Reference and Information Seeking Chapter 4: Standards, Accreditation, and Supporting the Home Institution Chapter 5: Information Literacy Chapter 6: Instructional Design Chapter 7: Managing Yourself Chapter 8: Place, Budgeting, and Facilities Chapter 9: Collection Development Chapter 10: Diversity Considerations Chapter 11: Introduction to Technology Chapter 12: Assessment Chapter 13: If You Supervise
  • Appendix A: IMLS Grant Proposal from 2010 Appendix B: The 21st-Century Community College Librarian Survey Results References Index



    "This work will serve as a very useful introduction for either new or aspiring community college librarians or as a text for an LIS course. The concise chapters, filled with both scholarship and practical advice, will help librarians better understand their environment."Library Journal Online

    "This is a very handy primer covering issues facing all librarians . . . an excellent start or text for librarians in this evolving and essential field of librarianship."ARBA

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