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Special Librarianship
by Wilfred Ashworth

Comprehensive outline of the administration and management of special libraries.

Academic Library Management
by Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, Elaine L. Westbrooks

 What does successful academic library management look like in the real world?  A team of editors, all administrators at large research libraries, here present a selection of case studies which dive deeply into the subject to answer that question. Featuring contributions from a range of practicing academic library managers, this book

spotlights case studies equally useful for LIS students and current managers;touches upon such key issues as human resource planning, public relations, financial management, organizational culture, and ethics and confidentiality;examines how to use project management methodology to reorganize technical services, create a new liaison service model, advance a collaborative future, and set up on-the-spot mentoring;discusses digital planning for archives and special collections;rejects "one size fits all" solutions to common challenges in academic libraries in favor of creative problem solving; andprovides guidance on how to use case studies as effective models for positive change at one’s own institution.

LIS instructors, students, and academic library practitioners will all find enrichment from this selection of case studies.


The Accidental Library Manager
by Rachel Singer Gordon

Most librarians enter the field intending to focus on a particular specialty, but eventually need to take on certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities in order to move forward. In The Accidental Library Manager, author Rachel Singer Gordon provides support and background for new managers, aspiring managers, and those who find themselves in unexpected management roles. Gordon fills in the gaps left by brief and overly theoretical library school coursework, showing library managers how to be more effective in their positions and how to think about their work in terms of the goals of their larger institutions. Included are insights from working library managers at different levels and in various types of libraries, addressing a wide range of management issues and situations. Not to be missed: comments from library staff about the qualities they appreciate — and the styles and attitudes they find counterproductive — in their own bosses. This readable and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who wishes to succeed in a management position.

Cataloging and Indexing
by Joyce McIntosh

Libraries have developed sophisticated ways of categorizing information so that library users can most effectively find the materials they need. This book covers a wide range of important issues in the field, including archival finding aids, search engines, the major indexing and abstracting databases, subject guides, vendor-supplied cataloging records, metadata, and much more. Readers gain an appreciation of the importance of the role of cataloging and indexing of library materials.


Restoring the Promise
by Richard K. Vedder

American higher education is increasingly in trouble. Universities are facing an uncertain and unsettling future with free speech suppression, out-of-control Federal student aid programs, soaring administrative costs, and intercollegiate athletics mired in corruption. Restoring the Promise explores these issues and exposes the federal government’s role in contributing to them. With up-to-date discussions of the most recent developments on university campuses, this book is the most comprehensive assessment of universities in recent years.

Exploring Tech Careers, Fourth Edition, 2-Volume Set
by Ferguson, Ferguson Publishing

In the fields of medicine, manufacturing, education, and law, technicians and paraprofessionals have become vital parts of the labor force. This two-volume set covers more than 110 technician careers and features interviews with professionals already at work in the field.

Creativity for Library Career Advancement
by Vera Gubnitskaia

“Creativity is just connecting things,” observed Steve Jobs. In today’s diverse, ever-changing job market, creativity is more necessary than ever. In a profession offering a broad range of job opportunities, librarians are surrounded by myriad connections to be made. They are trained to recognize them. This collection of new essays covers a wide spectrum of methods for cultivating creativity. Topics include learning through role-playing games, libraries as publishers, setting up and using makerspaces, developing in-house support for early-career staff, creating travelling exhibits, creative problem solving, and organizing no-cost conferences.

Managing Special Collections
by A. M. Scham

A guide to the effective development and management of special collections. Illustrations include budget forms, cataloging examples, gift and bequest forms.

Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science
by T. Allan Taylor, James Robert Parish

An estimated 500,000 people work in some 130,000 libraries across the country, according to the American Library Association. A library’s primary purpose is to acquire, store, organize, disseminate, and provide access to the vast bodies of available knowledge and information. Most people are unaware, however, that an incredibly broad range of activities takes place behind the average library doors, including exhibitions of valuable prints, readings by authors, conferences of scholars, and collaborative brainstorming on information technologies and how best to use them for the benefit of the library community.

Providing comprehensive descriptions of more than 85 jobs, Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science offers clear, accessible information on careers in this exciting field. Sections include Librarians, Special Librarians, Library Assistants, Library Technicians, Information Managers, Information Scientists and Technicians, and Education. Invaluable appendixes list educational institutions, periodicals, professional associations, and useful Web sites, and a glossary and bibliography are also provided.

Career profiles include:

  • Business librarian
  • Data miner
  • Database administrator
  • Government archivist
  • Information architect
  • Information broker
  • Information services technician
  • Knowledge engineer
  • Library aide
  • Medical librarian
  • Records manager
  • Serials and acquisitions librarian
  • and more.

Creative Instructional Design
by Brandon West, Kimberly D. Hoffman, Michelle Costello

“With an explosion of accessible information online and students feeling more and more independent in their searching skills and information needs, libraries are shifting to user-centered models. With this shift comes a need for librarians to transform the focus of the library from a great repository of material into a service-centric, one-stop research and learning shop for patrons. These changes are requiring librarians to define the library by the services it can provide, especially innovative ones, such as publishing services, scholarly communications, and project management. Instructional design can help librarians craft and assess these new and innovative services, including teaching information literacy, developing online content, and designing programs and outreach initiatives in a targeted and mindful way. Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians explores the major overarching themes that show why instructional design is so impactful for academic librarians–intentionality, collaboration, and engagement–and provides you with extensive examples of how librarians are applying the theoretical perspectives of instructional design in practical ways. The book examines ways in which librarians are using instructional design principles to inform, construct, or evaluate information literacy initiatives; online library instruction and services; and programming and outreach efforts. Instructional design provides a way for instructors, trainers, and educators to both approach instruction creation systematically, and evaluate how it has been effective and how it can be improved. Regardless of the instructional format, from classes to workshops to videos to worksheets, instructional design strives to ensure that potential learning gains by students are maximized and that the instruction is evaluated for improvement in future iterations”–