Exemplary Public Libraries

Exemplary Public Libraries

Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Service

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An inside view of 10 exemplary public libraries, from Dunfermline Carnegie Library in Scotland and Croydon Public Libraries in England to Chicago Public Library and San Francisco Public Library-mission statements, histories, organization, facilities; along with interviews of administrators and key staff in each.
What does it take to have a great library? The right leader? A great team? A wonderful facility? The best services? How can you transform your library to better meet the demands of tomorrow? This author visited 10 exemplary public libraries in the United States and Great Britain to find answers to these questions. She interviewed directors and key staff, researched archives, and observed facilities, operations, and interactions. The results of her explorations are contained in this volume, providing readers with nuts and bolts information on public library management along with general insights into what libraries have been, are today, and can be in the future. Each chapter begins with background information on the library's location, community, and facilities; as well as its mission statement, history, and organization. Interviews (or, in some cases, summaries of interviews) with directors and key staff follow. Chapters close with the author's observations about distinguishing features of the library; and those comments are summarized in a final chapter-"The Public Library: A Tradition of Service, A Future of Performance". A selected bibliography, historical timelines, and black and white photos of each of the libraries help make this a unique and treasured resource for library administrators and staff, as well as faculty and students in courses on public libraries, library history, management, and facilities. It will be of interest to anyone interested in library history, library management, and the future of public libraries.

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Libraries are not what they used to be. Instead of serving as hallowed repositories that controlled the flow of information, they are now expected to involve patrons in the process of informing themselves. Greiner (library science, U. of Southern Mississippi) examines ten exemplary libraries in the US and Great Britain to find the practicalities of providing excellent service to the community. She examines the history of these institutions, their place in the community, how they are managed by librarians and staff, how patrons use the facilities, and how these institutions' goals for the future influence their daily operations. She includes photographs, interviews, and resources for further reading. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004
ISBN: 9780313310690
Branch Call Number: PROF 027.473 GRE
Characteristics: xiv, 226 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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