The practical library manager.

  • Peter G. Underwood, Professor of Librarianship, University of Cape Town


There is a need for guidance for those faced with the challenge of day-to-day administration and running of small to medium-size libraries of all kinds. The education of library and information science workers at the professional level is usually pitched at a general level, seeking to equip new entrants to the career with sufficient knowledge of principles so that they can make informed decisions as needs change. Some knowledge of practice is acquired through fieldwork but it is during the period of introduction to a new job, subsequent mentoring and practice that most detailed practical knowledge is acquired. Little wonder, then, that there is a market for a guide of this kind.
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