Managing a library presents a significantly different challenge than managing a small business, a corporation, or even a school or charity organization. To be effective managers and excel in their careers, librarians must understand their unique position in the social landscape and leverage that role to become influential leaders. This guide shows librarians how to make the most of their inherent skills and develop new leadership strengths in order to become better library managers, advance their careers, and sustain their libraries—in spite of changing environments and shrinking budgets.
The book examines many facets of managerial leadership, defines what managerial leadership is, and describes how to assess and increase leadership skills. The chapters also identify the constraints unique to libraries and explain how you can develop positive relationships with government boards, turn a vision into a practical strategic plan, and exercise fiscal control. You will gain invaluable knowledge about fund raising, developing political skills, advocacy and lobbying, and legal and ethical concerns, specifically in the library environment. The final section of the book is devoted to people skills—understanding yourself and others, developing staff, collaboration, negotiation, meetings and presentations, and creating future success.
- Supplies an insightful career guide for library managers and administrators as well as those who wish to become managers or administrators
- Provides practical advice and tools customized for library managers looking to excel in their careers and help their libraries by becoming better leaders
- Presents information that is specifically for library management in the context of not-for-profit, educational operations rather than offering business-oriented advice
- Useful as a text or as supplementary reading in management and advanced management courses