Crash Course in Public Library Administration
by Wayne Disher
September 2010, 163pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-465-8
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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To be successful in public library administration takes more than just good intentions. The ability to navigate bureaucratic and political processes is vital, especially in today’s environment of dwindling funds. Ironically, the people “in power” are not necessarily the ones with the most authority to help you achieve your goals.

This book provides an approachable yet thorough introduction to the often complex field of public library administration.

Most careers require the wisdom that only comes from experience to avoid making critical errors; public library administration positions are no exception. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of public library administration without experiencing them firsthand is to take direction from someone experienced in the field.

Crash Course in Public Library Administration introduces librarians in rural or small urban areas to public administration as it applies to libraries. Regardless of whether the reader is currently a director or senior administrator, or wishing to be in such a role later, this information will help prepare them for a successful career in public library administration. The 15 chapters in this text provide basic overviews of key subjects like policies, budgeting, general planning, and facility management.


  • Contains helpful, real-world information for practitioners, such as the difference between a city's General Fund and Capital Fund budgets, or how to use a city council agenda to your advantage
Wayne Disher is public library director for the city of Hemet, CA. He is also a part-time faculty member with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science program in San Jose, CA. His published works include Library Unlimited's Crash Course in Collection Development.


"An ideal instructional reference . . . strongly recommended reading for anyone called upon to perform library administrative duties and should be a core part of academic Library Science reference collections as well."—Midwest Book Review, October 1, 2010
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