Saturday, January 07, 2006

Seven Deadly Sins of Library Managers

The most recent issue of the British information industry newsletter FreePint includes an interesting article entitled Seven Deadly Sins (and Desirable Strategies) for Library Managers by Rachel Singer Gordon, webmaster of the library careers site and author of The Accidental Library Manager.

As Gordon writes, back in 2004, some 343 library staff members responded to an online survey on their managers' qualities and effectiveness. The article summarizes respondents' comments about the best and worst qualities of their managers.

Among the "sins" are micromanagement, lack of communication, fostering divisiveness, abusiveness, failure to listen, avoiding conflict, and taking credit for other's work.

Among the desirable managerial strategies are encouraging growth, providing autonomy, looking out for staff, respecting everyone's contribution, leading by example, communicating and listening, and providing leadership and vision.

FreePint has also just published the newest version of its subject index of all articles appearing in the newsletter between November 1997 and December 2005.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:03 pm


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