July 29, 2014

10 Success Factors for Directors of Small Public Libraries by Jane Chirgwin

Abstract: I never meant to be a manager, I just wanted to be a librarian. Unfortunately, I don’t have the accuracy and patience to work behind the scenes, and I outgrew being a part-time children’s librarian. Somehow I ended up becoming a Library Director, taking a disaster of a library into modern times with one, then two, library clerks. Now, we’re in a new building, I have four employees, and new directors are coming to me for advice. I keep figuratively looking behind me, thinking they must be asking someone else. The little I know has been garnered by trial and error. I had no guidance, no clear path. I made stuff up, copied what I’d seen in other places, experimented and made do. I will lay out what advice I would give to a freshly minted director of a small public library, and you can do with it what you will. I also recommend that you read the Handbook for New York Public Library Directors by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Here are my top 10 words of wisdom…

Click here for the full article published in JLAMS, (Leadership & Management Section – LAMS), a peer-reviewed journal of the New York Library Association.