Friday, March 4, 2011

Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success

Hakala-Ausperk, Catherine. Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 023.9 Hakal. ISBN 978-0-8389-1068-9
Moving into a library management position can feel like a daunting and solitary pursuit. Graduate school courses in management are expensive and often hard to find, and even having a mentor at hand is no guarantee of a successful transition. To help library managers improve their skills and acumen, renowned speaker and trainer Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-study guide to the dynamic role of being a boss. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook :

· Covers major management topics such as success with stakeholders, staffing, customer service, planning, funding, leadership, and more
· Offers an inexpensive alternative to seminars and classroom instruction
· Requires an investment of as little as an hour per week, and is completely self-paced
· Includes challenging questions and exercises, and a Web-based template to record learning progress
Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of being a great boss.