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Dec 04

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (2012)

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM by Brian Herder


How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (2012)

Editors: Carol Smallwood and Melissa J. Clapp

Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Item Number: 978-0-8108-8213-3


How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, and public libraries and are seasoned library and information science faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians.

As noted in the foreword, "In many ways, solo librarianship demands more communication and collaboration than librarians might experience in larger multi-employee libraries." Despite the fact that most of the authors are currently working alone in their library or archives, they do not work in a vacuum. These chapters aim to help solo librarians thrive in this demanding environment. Topics include time management, community involvement, public relations and marketing, professional development, Internet-based ideas, administrative tasks, assessing and moving collections, and general overviews. How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian will be useful for all students and professionals in the field of librarianship.