How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian by Carol Smallwood

By Carol Smallwood

The way to Thrive as a Solo Librarian is a compilation of chapters by means of librarians supplying suggestion to colleagues who needs to paintings by myself or with very restricted aid. The individuals come from colleges and schools, precise and company records, public libraries, and pro L.I.S. college around the usa and out of the country who're accustomed to the power, commitment, and creativity valuable for solo librarians.

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4 (2010): 7. 20. csp (accessed November 3, 2010). 21. Jill Stover Heinze, “Leveraging Internal Partnerships for Library Success,” Information Outlook 14, no. 1 (2010): 14. 22. Antelman and Couts, “Embracing Ambiguity . . or Not,” 232. indb 38 8/25/11 11:01 AM CHAPTER 4 A Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages Tatum Preston Aside from helping you—the only librarian on staff—get more done with less cost, volunteers provide a way for you to stay connected to your community, they help you continue to learn and grow, and they bring your library’s mission to a broader audience.

Offering another library as a possible solution provides direction. • “I’m sorry. ” Use a sympathetic, but firm tone. ” This gives you a chance to review your schedule, as well as your feelings about saying yes to another commitment. • “I can’t do this, but I can . ” and mention a lesser commitment that you can make. Many people would rather not say no up front because they feel it is rude or might shut down future interactions. However, a clean yes or no is much better than a vague statement that leaves the questioner hanging.

It is equally important for us, however, to hone our people skills and work in collaboration with others. If we do so, we can enrich the lives, learning, and livelihood of our patrons or clients. Notes 1. Robert W. Keidel, Seeing Organizational Patterns: A New Theory and Language of Organizational Design (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1995), 55. indb 36 8/25/11 11:01 AM BUIL DIN G PART N ERSH IPS 37 2. Ilene F. Rockman, “Establishing Successful Partnerships with University Support Units,” Library Management 23, no.

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