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The New OPL Sourcebook: A Guide for Solo and Small Libraries [Kindle Edition]

Judith A. Siess
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Book Description

“This sourcebook … offers pearls of wisdom for all libraries, not just those that are small. Highly recommended for all librarians.”
—Library Journal

This updated and expanded edition of the essential guide for small and one-person libraries (OPLs) covers virtually every key management topic of interest to OPLs. In addition to offering a wealth of practical tips, strategies, and case studies, author Judith Siess takes an international perspective that reflects the growing number of OPL’s worldwide. The book’s in-depth directory section lists important organizations, publications, vendors and suppliers, discussion lists, and Web sites.

Product Details

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc. (January 30, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The very small library, especially the 'One Person Library' (OPL), has all of the problems of a big library but with litle or no help to handle the multiple tasks. Books must be ordered, checked into the system, checked out and back in, and eventually disposed of. In addition to all this there are the problems of any other business or organization: budgets, technology, the impact of the internet and planning for the future.

This book covers all of these aspects of small library management including ten brilliant comments on time management (Sample: Myth: Get more done, and you will be happier. Truth: No, you will just get more done.)

All in all, this book reeks of the experience of one who has 'been there, done that.' She clearly has worked in small libraries and had the ability to understand what she was doing, what was going on, how this differed from big libraries and what was taught in library school.

The last half, or maybe a bit more, of the book is on resources that vary from using computers to the legal aspects of copyrights, seeking grants to professional organizations, and many more.

One point not mentioned is the effective use of volunteers. I mention this only because this is a strength and a weekness in many public libraries - and in hopes that something might be added in the next edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why so expensive? February 8, 2010
It's a very good book, well written and a good intro. But my review is focusing less on content and more on the craziness of the price. I have one piece of advice: buy it straight from the publisher! Right now, this price is ridiculous ($187???), but I ordered it right from the publisher's website and got it for the cover price ($39.50), plus tax and shipping.
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The New OPL Sourcebook: A Guide For Solo And Small Libraries by Judith A. Siess (President of Information Bridges International, Inc.) is an impressively informed study of the often difficult process of managing a small school or community library. Featuring a wealth of practical and useful tips for librarians, The New OPL Sourcebook offers its readers an invaluable understanding and reference for management including time planning, finances, marketing and communications, technology, education, downsizing and out-stretching, knowledge management, and the future of the librarian profession. An extensively researched resource packed from cover to cover with highly valued and applicable information, The New OPL Sourcebook is very strongly recommended as an instructive guide -- especially for librarians of smaller libraries systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars September 12, 2014
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Excellent read for the librarian. Good intellectual material and top notch sources.
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