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Administration of the small public library
Weingand, Darlene E.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, 2001.
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x, 256 pages ; 23 cm
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What is our library's mission statement? How do we serve our older customers better? How do I justify the purchase of a new Internet workstation in my library? How many times should I call the plumber each year? These questions and more are discussed in the new edition of an old classic. Since the publication of its first edition in 1965, Administration of the Small Public Library has been a gold standard resource for setting up and managing cuttingedge small public library facilities. Completely revised and updated, this forth edition continues that tradition with many more figures, case studies and sample policies, and new content on grant writing, program budgeting, hiring, and creative compensation. While most libraries around the country are considered small, operating with fewer resources than academic and large metropolitan libraries, their customers still expect to find a comparable level of service and access to information. This all-new edition outlines what to do to make your library a visible, well-funded player that keeps pace. Addressing every aspect of running a small library - from defining the community's characteristics and forming a board to planning a budget a

Table of Contents

Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
1 The Small Community: An Opportunity for the Librarianp. 1
Characteristics of Small Communitiesp. 2
Small Communities with Specialized Customer Basesp. 3
The Changing Marketplacep. 5
Marketing/Planning: The Keystonep. 6
2 Library Governancep. 12
The Library's Legal Basisp. 13
Working with Local Officialsp. 15
The Permutations of a Library Boardp. 16
Strategies to Enhance Library Governancep. 26
Taking the Long Viewp. 28
3 Studying the Community and Developing a Planp. 30
The Planning Teamp. 31
Developing Mission, Vision, Roles, and Service Responsesp. 32
Reconsidering Service from a Marketing Perspectivep. 34
Conducting a Marketing Auditp. 36
The Study Is Over ... Now What?p. 47
Creating Goals and Objectivesp. 48
4 From Objectives to Customer Service through Marketingp. 54
What Are the Library's Products?p. 54
Price: Determining the Cost of Productsp. 56
Setting Prioritiesp. 58
Levels of Servicep. 65
Public Relations as a Service Functionp. 68
Staff Attitudes toward Servicep. 70
5 Policiesp. 73
Changes in Policyp. 77
Policy Makingp. 78
Establishing Specific Policiesp. 79
6 Financep. 96
Sources of Local Incomep. 98
State and Federal Aidp. 101
Supplementary Fundingp. 103
Preparing the Budgetp. 106
Purchasingp. 114
Accountabilityp. 116
7 Personnel Administrationp. 120
Personnel Policiesp. 122
Personnel Functionsp. 123
Levels of Staffp. 133
Compensationp. 137
Working Conditionsp. 138
Continuing Education for Competence and Advancementp. 140
8 Operations in Support of the Library's Productsp. 145
Collection Managementp. 146
Developing the Collectionp. 154
Preparing Materials for Usep. 158
Collection Controlp. 164
Circulationp. 167
9 Library Systems and Cooperative Arrangementsp. 171
Library Systemsp. 171
State and National Networksp. 178
Cooperation with Other Libraries and Agenciesp. 181
10 Outlets for Library Service in the New Millenniump. 188
Electronic Accessp. 189
The Library Buildingp. 190
Steps to Improved Library Facilitiesp. 199
Deciding to Build or Remodelp. 204
Costsp. 208
Energy Considerationsp. 209
Furniturep. 210
Equipmentp. 211
A New Buildingp. 212
Conversion and Remodelingp. 216
Refurbishing the Existing Buildingp. 218
Additional Distribution Optionsp. 221
A Library Bill of Rightsp. 233
B Kendall Public Library Long- and Short-Range Plans 1999-2003p. 234
Indexp. 249