Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 2nd ed.

Giesecke, Joan and Beth McNeil. Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA, 2010. isbn-13: 978-0-8389-1016-0 023.9 Giese 2nd. ed.

Management and supervision in libraries are more complex than ever. Not only is the workplace different but the workforce is often made up of four very different generations with very different educational backgrounds and work experiences. Giesecke and McNeil, two experienced library managers, present a basic commonsense approach to solving management and supervisory challenges. They utilize real-world techniques and practices to help readers learn basic supervisory and management procedures and offer strategies and tips to handle difficult situations like firing employees and addressing poor performance. Chapters cover communication, how to create a positive working environment, managing teams, recognizing fundamental legal issues, and managing meetings.