Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Running a Small Library: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Running a Small Library: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, 2nd ed. Edited by John Moorman. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 288 p. Paper $80.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1273-7).

Running a Small Library provides a plethora of ideas for librarians working in various types of libraries. Small libraries are found all over the country, and Moorman considers them to be "the backbone of our information society and an essential component of a democratic society" (vii). Therefore it is important to provide helpful resources to help library directors serve their communities. This book focuses on challenges and responsibilities unique to directors of small libraries who, due to limited budgets and staffing, often must wear many hats and cross-train on nearly all of the tasks that are performed in the library. This book also includes sections written by experienced librarians who provide ideas for running the small library.

The book is organized into five parts covering the major areas of a library director's responsibilities: administration, planning, services, collection development, and technology. The first part begins by defining and briefly describing different types of small libraries, including college, community college, special, public, and school libraries. The next section explains the different aspects of administration, such as planning, budgeting, policies, and staffing. Further information is given on how to deal with government regulations, governing boards, and friends' groups. …

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