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About Rachel Singer Gordon
I’m a former librarian, but since Mashup Mom launched in 2009 I have been mashing up a career as a writer, blogger — and mom to two boys! I'm all about frugal living and healthy eating on a budget, and love sharing recipes, meal planning advice, book reviews, and frugal living tips. Visit MashupMom.com for plenty more about my family, cats, struggles with healthy eating, and... our backyard chickens and beehives.
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—Dr. Julie Todaro, Management Consultant, author of The Truth is Out There, and Dean, Library Services, Austin Community College
Most librarians enter the field intending to focus on a particular specialty, but eventually need to take on certain supervisory or managerial responsibilities in order to move forward. In The Accidental Library Manager, author Rachel Singer Gordon provides support and background for new managers, aspiring managers, and those who find themselves in unexpected management roles. Gordon fills in the gaps left by brief and overly theoretical library school coursework, showing library managers how to be more effective in their positions and how to think about their work in terms of the goals of their larger institutions. Included are insights from working library managers at different levels and in various types of libraries, addressing a wide range of management issues and situations. Not to be missed: comments from library staff about the qualities they appreciate—and the styles and attitudes they find counterproductive—in their own bosses. This readable and reassuring guide is a must for any librarian who wishes to succeed in a management position.
"A comprehensive, practical guide to the mysteries of management in the library workplace. Vital for both new and experienced library managers."
—Pat Wagner, Principle Pattern Research, Inc.
"Informative, thorough, and well documented. The text covers many of the situations you hope never to encounter (but inevitably do!) in a practical manner and with a nice touch of humor."
—Gail Sweet, Director, Burlington County (NJ) Library System
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... Tired of struggling to feed your family nutritious homemade meals without falling back on packaged shortcuts?
... Tired of throwing away your hard-earned money on carryout and convenience foods at the end of a long day?
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Rachel Singer Gordon, blogger at Mashup Mom and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing and Point, Click, and Save, is a semi-reformed couponer and frugal living expert who will help guide you through the ins and outs of shopping and meal planning around sales and seasons at America's favorite discount grocer.
Learn how to save time & money by shopping ALDI for most of your everyday grocery needs, and learn how to plan a week's worth of dinners at a time around sales so that you can more easily feed your family healthier home-cooked meals. Slash your spending and save your sanity -- the ALDI way.
** Includes almost forty easy dinner recipes to help jump start your ALDI meal-planning efforts! **
— Kim Dority, from the Foreword
As the global information economy grows, librarians who are able to retool and transfer their skills are finding themselves increasingly in demand. In What’s the Alternative? Rachel Singer Gordon explains the dynamics of the shifting market for information-based work, reveals a range of nontraditional employment opportunities for librarians, and encourages info pros to utilize their skills in new and exciting ways. Mixing practical advice with real-life stories of librarians working in various fields, Gordon provides a wealth of useful ideas and resources for info pros rethinking their career paths. Whether you’re a recent library school grad facing a tight job market, a working librarian seeking improved work/life balance, or an info pro with an entrepreneurial streak, What’s the Alternative? will help you explore your options and maximize your career potential.
“In What’s the Alternative? Rachel Singer Gordon proves that the library profession is as broad and expansive as one’s imagination and goals. A well written and timely book for the information professional at any career level.”
— Steven M. Cohen, Senior Librarian, Law Library Management, Incorporated
“If you are looking for alternate career paths to take with your MLS, Gordon not only discusses the destinations, but tells you how to get there and be successful. Indispensable!”
— Michelle Boule, Geek Librarian and blogger, A Wandering Eyre
— K. G. Schneider, Free Range Librarian
Any discussion of the future of libraries must consider the impact of the technological advances and innovations that are inextricably wound up with library operations and user expectations. According to Rachel Singer Gordon, librarians remain relevant and useful by confronting technological challenges head-on and finding ways to integrate the best and most appropriate innovations into library services and operations.
In Information Tomorrow, Gordon brings together 20 of today’s leading thinkers on the intersections between libraries and technology. They address various ways in which new technologies influence librarians’ actions and goals and offer ideas for using technology to meet patrons where they are. The result is an engaging, wide-ranging, and sometimes provocative discussion for systems librarians, library IT workers, library managers and administrators, and anyone working with or interested in technology in libraries.
In addition to a preface by Gordon, the book’s foreword and 16 chapters feature insights and opinions from these library leaders, bloggers, and futurists:
● Stephen Abram
● Lori Bell
● Steven J. Bell
● John Blyberg
● Robert Bocher
● Daniel Chudnov
● Jill Emery
● Meredith G. Farkas
● Megan K. Fox
● Beth Gallaway
● Joseph Janes
● David Lee King
● Jenny Levine
● Tom Peters
● Dorothea Salo
● John D. Shank
● Michael Stephens
● Rhonda B. Trueman
● Jessamyn West
● Alane Wilson
Writing in the book’s foreword, Stephen Abram says, “I can’t agree with every position in this work, and that is just wonderful! ... I need to have my buttons pushed regularly. I believe there’s enough in this book to push a few buttons for you and your organization. And that, to me, is what a collection should do—educate, inform, irritate, and inspire.”
“Information Tomorrow provides an excellent overview of the technologies and services tomorrow’s librarian needs today. ... an oasis of clarity in a world of change and confusion.”
— Michael E. Casey, Library 2.0