Review: Library Management Tips That Work
Smallwood, Carol (Editor). Library Management Tips That Work. Chicago IL: American Library Association 2011. 190p Paperback, $55.00 (ISBN: 978-8389-1121-1)
This small volume contains forty eight tips that touch on many of the issues facing managers today. Sectioned into five parts -- The Manager’s Role; Running a Library; Information Technology; Staff and Public Relations -- the book offers a variety of helpful advice for academic, K-12, and public libraries. The tips themselves range in length from three to seven pages, and although some leave you feeling that they offered no help, others like Sian Brannon and Kimberly Wells article “Managing Emergencies: What to do When Basic or Big Disasters Strike” are chock-full of checklists and information that can be put to use right away. Also good to see are the nine articles on Information Technology, which, although they don’t necessarily offer anything the reader hasn’t heard before, do give some useful insights into how to use the tools in the real world.
Still, don’t count on this book to solve problems for you with readymade answers, and don’t read it from front to back. Instead, consider it more a quick reference of ideas, success stories, and practical advice to inspire you to create your own solutions. Recommended for larger collections of professional materials, the book is easy to read, well worth the time, and perfect for browsing during coffee breaks or a ten minute interim between coming and going.