Friday, November 12, 2010

Tips for Librarians Running Libraries Alone

Tips for Librarians Running Libraries Alone


Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Co-Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS:

Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association, 2010

An Educational Guide to the National Park System, Scarecrow Press, 1989

Others by ALA, Peter Lang, Linworth, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited

Co-Editor: Melissa J. Clapp, MLS:

Coordinator of Instruction & Outreach at Humanities & Social Sciences Library West; University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; previously solo evening and weekend library supervisor; one of two librarians at Carson Long Military Institute for Boys, Pennsylvania.

Contributor, Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (ALA Editions, 2010).

Foreword: Dr. Beth M. Sheppard, Director of the United Library at Garrett-Evangelical and Seabury-Western Theological Seminaries in Evanston, Illinois

Afterword: Val Nye, Library Manager, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, co-editor of Postmarked Milledgeville: Flannery O'Connor's Correspondence in Archives and Library Collections.


Chapters sought from special, school, public, academic librarians, LIS professionals about managing a library alone.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings, written by one author. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: Time Management, Solo Security Issues, Library Boards, Media Strategies, Manuals and Policies, Legal Concerns, Annual Reports, Useful Software, Problem Patrons, Public Relations, Bidding, Networking, Professional Growth, Websites, Library Use Instruction, Managing Volunteers, Children’s Activities.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 3 topics described separately in 3 sentences by December 30, 2010 with a 75-90 word bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will work. Kindly place, SOLO/Your Name, on the subject line to:

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