What Every Library Director Should Know by Susan Carol CurzonWhat Every Library Director Should Know by Susan Carol Curzon

What Every Library Director Should Know

bySusan Carol Curzon

Paperback | April 10, 2014

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In this unconventional management text, author Dr. Susan Carol Curzon presents a different take on traditional library management tools. Through personal narrative and anecdotes from other working professionals, Curzon presents the many everyday challenges one meets as a library manager:. The unwritten rules, strategies, and bits of wisdom only learned on-the-job . Behavioral nuances. Political strategies. Mentor-like advice. Subtle communication codesRegardless of the professional setting, management is management and wisdom is wisdom. What Every Library Director Should Know is the insider's view of vital actions, behaviors, and strategies needed to succeed in every type of library.
Dr. Susan Carol Curzon is the dean emeritus of the University Library of California State University, Northridge. Her previous positions include Director of Libraries for the City of Glendale, CA. and Regional Administrator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. She also has experience in a corporate library.
Title:What Every Library Director Should KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 8.95 × 6.05 × 0.6 inPublished:April 10, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810891875

ISBN - 13:9780810891876


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter One: At the HelmUnbuckle the OrganizationThe Importance of Making a Good Impression Controlling ExpectationsDownstream ThinkingConspiracy of SilenceTarget FixationThe Long-distance RunnerThe Master of IntegrationThe Proof is in the PuddingThe Librarian-in-chief Chapter Two: Customer Number One: Your BossLiving the ContextBucking the BossBeing Tough with YourselfMarket YourselfRelating to the Boss' BossRelating EffectivelyThe BoosterBad BossesChapter Three: Engaging PeoplePeople Who Like PeopleStand Up DirectorNot One of the GangThe Fighter in the RingThe Actor on the Stage Checking Your EgoBuilding the Management TeamThe Power SeekersDriving the Staff CrazyMinding the MessageStaff MoraleRelationships in the WorkplaceUnion actionsThe Politically Connected StaffHello and goodbyeChapter Four: Dealing with Boards and the Faculty SenateDegrees of ControlBasic PrinciplesDeveloping an AgendaMaking the Board Look GoodBoards Under SiegeBad BoardsChapter Five: Dollar senseThe BreadwinnerKnow the Dollars Manage the dollars effectivelyWalking the Straight and NarrowThe Boss and MoneyGetting AuditedManaging TimeEmployee TurnoverChapter Six: The Borders of the RealmA Friend Indeed Network vs. CliqueThe Danger ZoneTattletalePoachersFriends of the LibraryCommunity GroupsStudent AssociationsElected OfficialsChapter Seven: Dealing with the Press The Double-edged SwordBeing Interviewed: PreparationThe Written WordBeing Interviewed: RespondingThe Drop-in ReporterThe Reporter: Friend or Foe?Bad News DayTwo-week RuleStaff InvolvementChapter Eight: A Death in the LibraryEmotional ImpactThe Dying ColleagueSharing the News Attending the FuneralPractical Concerns A Grateful LibraryThe Year AfterThe Family of StaffChapter Nine: Changing TimesTaking Heart Outside Forces of ChangeChange FatigueHandling a Setback The Price of Not ChangingProblems without SolutionsProject ManagementChapter Ten: TransitionsThe New Kid on the BlockPromoted from WithinAccidental DirectorJob ShockThe End of the Line: FiredThe End of the Line: RetiredThe End of the Line: ResignedTraveling LightA Final WordAuthors of the QuotesAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

There are many books and articles to assist a library manager or director to study and reflect on what it takes to excel in organisational leadership; however, this title diverges from the norm. Rather than providing a management text, Curzon draws on her varied experience to talk directly to the reader, sharing her extensive knowledge and enriching this with nuggets of advice from other library directors. . . .The book is recommended as a reflective check-up for existing directors and a heads-up for intending ones. Much of the content will also be of interest to library managers at all levels. It is quick to read and will offer you understanding, insight, warning and challenge.