Library Board Strategic Guide: Going to the Next Level


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Scarecrow Press
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6.12 X 8.89 X 0.57 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Ellen G. Miller is president of the Ellen Miller Group, a company that specializes in positioning strategies for complex public and non-profit organizations. Patricia H. Fisher, an independent consultant in the areas of Marketing and Public Relations and Library Board Development, is currently working as a research assistant on a project to study the supply and demand of subject specialists in academic and research libraries as part of a joint effort by the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park.


This guide shows how library board leaders can deal with issues in public library management, including risk management, local values and the First Amendment, leadership and management, funding, and relationships with community leaders. It aims to aid trustees and their directors in understanding the impact of issues, assessing the trustee's role in addressing them, and reviewing practices from other libraries.
This guide will appeal to busy board members needing specific information on a specific topic, such as disaster planning, and library directors wanting to clarify the relationship between directors and boards....The authors do not shy away from the thorny problems of boards in conflict or contentious relationships with directors. They address these difficult topics head-on and give practical advice that library boards and directors would do well to follow. The companion Web site provides downloadable forms to use in conjunction with the book.
...required reading for all library board members, library directors, and local administrators who oversee public library operations.