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Fundamentals of Library Supervision, Third Edition

Fundamentals of Library Supervision, Third Edition
Beth McNeil
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1554-7

256 pages/ 6" x 9" / Softcover / ISBN-13: 9780838915547 / Year Published: 2017

You’re about to become a library supervisor! In addition to excitement you may also feel some uncertainty. Mentor, creator, monitor, and negotiator are some of the roles a supervisor must play, and wearing that many hats is a challenge that requires discipline and organization (and a healthy sense of humor). This newly updated and revised edition of a classic text will give you the grounding to supervise, manage, and lead with confidence. A perfect handbook for those just moving into a supervisory position, and a welcome refresher for current managers, this resource focuses on daily, real-world issues, offering
discussion of how to foster a positive work environment by determining the character of your organization;
dozens of sample interview questions suitable for different contexts, and other pointers on the hiring process;
advice on supervising all different kinds of employees, from those with “structural” personalities to creative types;
tactics for leading productive and focused staff meetings;
guidance on how to develop shared accountability, overcoming the decision dilemma so common in group settings, and other strategies for building successful teams;
easy to follow tips for making email a genuine productivity tool;
methods for meeting deadlines through backward planning;
11 steps for developing a clear and balanced performance appraisal;
techniques for actively addressing complaints; and
examples of non-monetary staff rewards such as flexible scheduling, job enrichment, and celebrations.
Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this to-the-point handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing those taking on this position.
Table of Contents

List of Figures

Part I Supervising Individuals
Chapter 1 Today’s Workplace
Chapter 2 Hiring and Interviewing
Chapter 3 Orientation and Training
Chapter 4 Managing Performance
Chapter 5 Managing Rewards
Part II Managing Groups
Chapter 6 Becoming a Manager
Chapter 7 Teamwork and Group Dynamics
Chapter 8 Planning and Organizing Work
Chapter 9 Budgeting Basics
Chapter 10 Facilities, Space, and Safety, by Debra J. Pearson
Chapter 11 Managing Meetings
Chapter 12 Project Management
Part III Leading in Organizations
Chapter 13 Communication Skills
Chapter 14 Organizational Climate and the Art of Motivation
Chapter 15 Inclusiveness and Diversity
Chapter 16 Policies and the Legal Environment
Chapter 17 Career Management

Beth McNeil is professor and dean of the library at Iowa State University. Prior to joining Iowa State in 2015, she served in associate dean roles at Purdue University and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.



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