Operations Handbook For The Small Academic Library: A Management Handbook

Hardcover | September 1, 1989

EditorGerard B. McCabe

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Designed as a companion volume to The Smaller Academic Library: A Management Handbook (Greenwood Press, 1988), this book outlines specific suggestions for the efficient day-to-day operation of the small institution that has limited resources yet often must serve a broad cross section of academic and community interests. Written by experienced library management specialists, it is intended for library staffs at all levels as well as other readers who have an interest in libraries and their operation. Administrative functions, including cost data presentation and the use of bibliographic networks, are examined in the first several chapters. The authors next look at personnel issues and present guidelines on the design of jobs, recruitment and selection of librarians, staff training, and the employment of student workers. Circulation, the interlibrary loan, and off-campus library services are discussed in detail, and practical advice is given on the selection and utilization of technical services. A section on technology shows how to integrate new services and technoloy in the smaller institution and provides information on microcomputers, software, CD-ROM, and electronic book ordering. Other topics considered are the material selection process, periodical acquisition and budget control, the selection of monographs, and issues in library facility planning, such as interior design, furniture selection, and the utilization of space. The volume concludes with a bibliographic essay. Clear and readable, this book offers a systematic approach to revitalizing the diverse services, functions, and daily routines that make up the operation of the small academic library.

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Designed as a companion volume to The Smaller Academic Library: A Management Handbook (Greenwood Press, 1988), this book outlines specific suggestions for the efficient day-to-day operation of the small institution that has limited resources yet often must serve a broad cross section of academic and community interests. Written by expe...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313264740

ISBN - 13:9780313264740

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?. . . Two other chapters of exceptional merit are worth mentioning: one on off-campus library services, which speaks to the importance of bibliographic instruction and one-on-one service, and one on planning and using microcomputers in the small library, which advises against automating just for the sake of automating. Librarians who feel their libraries are technologically outmoded should read this chapter before making decisions regarding the use of microcomputers. This collection would make a worthy addition to library science holdings and those of small to medium-sized academic libraries. The price can easily be justified since it is aimed at most library employees, who should be encouraged to read the chapters pertaining to their interests and responsibilities.?-The Journal of Academic Librarianship