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Jun 25

Managing in the Middle (2013)

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM by Brian Herder


Managing in the Middle

Managing in the Middle
(2013)

Edited by Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1161-7
 
Publisher: ALA Editions

Foreword by Maureen Sullivan, American Library Association President, 2012-13


Fully a third of all library supervisors are “managing in the middle:” reporting to top-level managers while managing teams of peers or paraprofessional staff in some capacity. This practical handbook is here to assist middle managers navigate their way through the challenges of multitasking and continual gear-shifting. The broad range of contributors from academic and public libraries in this volume help librarians face personal and professional challenges by

  • Linking theoretical ideas about mid-level management to real-world situations
  • Presenting ways to sharpen crucial skills such as communication, productivity, delegation, and performance management
  • Offering specific advice on everything from supervision to surviving layoffs

Being a middle manager can be a difficult job, but the range of perspectives in this book offer strategies and tips to make it easier.