A Most Delicate Monster. The One-Professional Special by Jean Dartnall

By Jean Dartnall

A such a lot soft Monster might be fairly worthy for practitioners. the focal point is at the working of small specific libraries and especially the one-person library. a certified outlook is maintained with no neglecting the entire diversity of initiatives required in a one-person library. the sensible orientation is supported via checklists. even though the e-book is written with targeted librarians in brain, others will locate it helpful, particularly solo librarians

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The major argument in favour of a library committee is that it provides a formal client group to consult for advice and for endorsement of library activities. An appropriate committee can also support the library in internal political disputes and be a channel for requests and complaints both to and from the library. It is important, however, to avoid a situation where the committee thinks it is running the library, feels it can overrule the librarian's professional decisions, or spends countless dollars of staff time on such things as title-by-title selection.

Ask people about what they are doing and why it is important. Take part in any mutual educational activities such as lunchtime lectures. g. in management) that are organised for staff. Visit every bit of the organisation. Identify all the existing communication channels within the organisation. Take opportunities to make personal contact with people from all parts of the organisation whenever it is appropriate. Play in sports teams. Get involved in the committee system as convenor of a Library Committee and/or member of other committees.

The mix of media each library chooses will depend on the culture of the organisation as much as on rational criteria. A librarian may be able to influence this culture but will probably not be able to change it massively. If you intend to use any electronic resources try to get a commitment from your managers for an adequate amount of hardware and software to support the resources and for funds to upgrade at reasonable intervals. Even in a technologically advanced organisation, people will probably need to use some materials in physical format.

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