Crash Course in Library Supervision
Meeting the Key Players
by Dennis C. Tucker, Shelley Elizabeth Mosley
November 2007, 152pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-564-0
$45, £34, 38€, A65
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This book is a quick guide to working positively with your library board and other administration officials and recruiting and supervising staff and volunteers so that your library runs like a well-oiled machine.

Taking a management position in a new library or being promoted to a higher position in your library means a new approach to interpersonal relations. How to make this transition can be a challenge. This book provides the information you need to learn so you can become an effective leader and to recognize and circumvent the legal pitfalls that you may find in your path. Written in reader-friendly language, two seasoned veterans share their experiences and the experiences of others in this introduction to managing people.

Managing a small library requires skills in working with personnel, the library board, patrons, and the key people in the community. Understanding these requirements will help the person with no formal education to be a more effective administrator in this setting.


"Written for almost any librarian with a new job, this book is filled with practical advice for those starting that new postition, even if you are moving from one job to another. How do you meet people? Establish relationships? Understand the organization? Get your program underway? While they may have addresses some of these skills in library school, this book is a good refresher to get started on the right foot."—Teacher Librarian, April 1, 2008

"[H]andy and readable primer for librarians new to supervision."—Info Career Trends, April 30, 2008

"Chapters describe how a library might analyze its community as well as assess and evaluate its collection. Other chapters address collection development policies, statistics, budget, selection, acquisition, reviewing sources, the publishing industry, collection maintenance, mending and preserving, and promotion and marketing. The final chapter discusses complaints, challenges, and intellectual-freedom issues. There is no bibliography, but several helpful Web sites are mentioned in the text. Recommended for all public library collections."—Booklist/Professional Reading, April 15, 2008

"Crash Course in Library Supervision is a useful, informative read for those new to supervision and those who have been supervising others for a while but may have forgotten some of the important details of administration in a library setting. I can imagine myself referring to this in years to come."—Colorado Association of Libraries, June 1, 2008

". . . aimed at the new public library director, but it is also filled with pertinent information for the new supervisor in any library setting. . . an easy-to-approach, concise guide to managing a library for the new supervisor. it is ideal for those seeking to brush up skills in this area or for others seeking an introduction to the topic. . ."—The Australian Library Journal, February 1, 2009
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