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The accidental library manager
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Gordon, well known for her work on generational issues in librarianship (including writing LJ's NextGen column), is the author of several books on career development in the profession, among them The Accidental Systems Librarian and The Librarian's Guide to Writing for the Profession. This time she takes on library management. Designed to help "those who became library managers `by accident,' without a planned step-by-step progression up the career ladder," her book addresses a range of management concerns, including managing personnel, facilities, money, and change. She also includes a primer on management theories and addresses philosophical, legal, and ethical issues. Each chapter offers a wealth of practical tips and commonsense advice; there are lots of quotes from library managers and staff to illustrate key points and provide real-life examples. The book offers a readable, enjoyable overview of library management for new and potential managers; its only weakness is that the information is sometimes a bit general. New managers in academic libraries looking for more specific, how-to info should also consider Pixey Anne Mosley's Transitioning from Librarian to Middle Manager, while public librarians might look at Edward Evans and Patricia Layzell Ward's Beyond the Basics: The Management Guide for Library and Information Professionals. Recommended for graduate and professional collections.-Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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