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The accidental library manager

Managing your library

About the author

Photo: Rachel Singer GordonRachel Singer Gordon ([email protected]) is Consulting Editor, Information Today, Inc., Books Division, webmaster of the library careers site and editor/publisher of its associated Info Career Trends electronic newsletter. She is the author of The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication (Scarecrow, New York, 2004), The Accidental Library Manager (ITI, 2005), The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide (ITI, 2006) and What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros (ITI, 2008), and has published widely in the library literature on issues from systems librarianship to library management to alternative careers.

Most librarians enter the field intending to focus on a particular specialty, but eventually need to take on certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities in order to move forward. This readable and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who wishes to succeed in a management position.

Written by experienced librarian, author and editor, Rachel Singer Gordon, “The accidental library manager" column brings you indispensable advice and insights based on her book of the same name (

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