By Jean Dartnall
A so much smooth Monster should be fairly worthwhile for practitioners. the point of interest is at the operating of small detailed libraries and especially the one-person library. a certified outlook is maintained with no neglecting the whole diversity of initiatives required in a one-person library. the sensible orientation is supported by way of checklists. even if the ebook is written with detailed librarians in brain, others will locate it valuable, particularly solo librarians
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With which part of the organisation is the library formally connected? It may be an operational area such as research or information dissemination. This may have the advantage of associating the library with a unit earning income for the organisation rather than spending money; in management terms, a profit centre rather than a cost centre. In addition, the librarian may be working with a group of people who use the library a great deal and, hence, are supportive of it. However, problems can arise from being associated with an operational area.
It can form the basis of standing orders or approval schemes. If no selection policy exists and you feel there is no time to create one, try one of these ploys. Create a folder (physical or electronic) called 'selection policy' and, every time you have to pause to think about a particular selection, put a note about it in this folder. You may find you have the raw material of a selection policy in no time. Alternatively, steal someone else's policy. Published selection policies are available; another library in your area may provide an existing selection policy; or the Distributed National Collection Office at the National Library of Australia may be able to put you in touch with another library like your own for which they hold a selection policy.
Read the annual report for recent years and each year as it becomes available. Read the mission statement, objectives, strategic plan, business plan and any other such information put out by the organisation. Read any other publications produced by the organisation. Know the rules, regulations or other formal controlling mechanisms. If there is no formal orientation tour for new staff members, ask people to give you a tour of their section and introduce you to their staff.
A Most Delicate Monster. The One-Professional Special Library by Jean Dartnall