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Malinconico, S. Michael – Library Journal, 1983
Guidelines for managing library consulting engagements effectively cover the decision to use a consultant, definition of the problem area, finding the consultant, interviewing and evaluating the consultant, the psychological contract, the formal contract, and abdication of responsibility for the consulting project by the client. Seventeen sources…
Descriptors: Consultants, Contracts, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Interviews
Epstein, Susan Baerg – Library Journal, 1983
Discussion of care and planning given to the implementation of an automated library system highlights informing the staff in the early stages, project management, involvement of the entire staff, the control log, time and money, where and when to go online, and implementation consultants. (EJS)
Descriptors: Consultants, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Personnel
Peat, W. Leslie – Library Journal, 1981
Argues that the establishment of a solid working relationship with a competent lawyer is a regular part of the business of running a library, and provides practical advice on lawyer selection, fee arrangements, and the ground rules of legal representation. (RAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrators, Fees, Governing Boards
Hoffert, Barbara – Library Journal, 1992
Discussion of the need for Spanish-language materials in libraries considers outreach programs and other means of attracting Hispanic patrons, building a collection to meet the needs of various Spanish-speaking groups, and sources for Spanish-language books. (MES)
Descriptors: Foreign Language Books, Hispanic American Literature, Hispanic Americans, Library Collections
Boyd, Alex; Lenix-Hooker, Catherine J. – Library Journal, 1992
Discusses the concept of Afrocentrism and presents the arguments of several scholars for and against the role of Afrocentrism in education. Implications for librarians are considered, and guidelines for related collections and services are offered. Major African studies repositories and suggested titles for Afrocentric collections are listed. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, African Culture, African History, African Studies
Reid, Judith P. – Library Journal, 1992
Discusses library resources for genealogical research, including bibliographies of family histories, guides to genealogical resources, periodicals, indexes, CD-ROM products, electronic bulletin boards, and nonprofit services. An annotated list of 13 titles for a basic collection is included. (MES)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Databases, Electronic Mail, Genealogy
Feye-Stukas, Janice; And Others – Library Journal, 1990
Discusses the issue of pay equity for librarians and considers two cases of libraries in which staffs have obtained equitable pay: the state of Minnesota and the California State University system. Methods for achieving equity are suggested, and a sidebar addresses criticisms of and obstacles to this effort. (Six references) (MES)
Descriptors: Comparable Worth, Females, Librarians, Salaries
Dick, Jeff T. – Library Journal, 1990
Discussion of laser videodiscs for library collections covers selection, finding reviews, suppliers, cost, preservation, and security. Sidebars define laserdisc terms and list several recommended titles. (MES)
Descriptors: Library Collection Development, Library Collections, Optical Disks, Public Libraries
Serebrin, Ray – Library Journal, 1988
Discussion of videocassette lending by public libraries emphasizes the need for a video policy and discusses: (1) needs assessment; (2) planning; (3) the new video client; (4) workload; (5) budget; (6) access for minors; and (7) competition with video stores. (four references) (MES)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Library Circulation, Library Collection Development, Library Planning
Kister, Ken – Library Journal, 1992
Describes the growing number of dictionaries available to reference librarians, discusses factors that have led to the need for more dictionaries, and provides buying guidelines to help in selection decisions. Electronic versions of various dictionaries are described, and a sidebar examines the "American Heritage Dictionary" revisions.…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Electronic Publishing, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines
Valauskas, Edward J. – Library Journal, 1992
Defines copyright and examines the interests of computer software publishers. Issues related to the rights of libraries in the circulation of software are discussed, including the fair use principle, software vendors' licensing agreements, and cooperation between libraries and vendors. An inset describes procedures for internal auditing of…
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Computer Software, Contracts, Copyrights
Mackey, Terry; Mackey, Kitty – Library Journal, 1992
Presents W. Edwards Deming's Total Quality Management method and advocates its adoption in libraries. The 14 points that form the basis of Deming's philosophy are discussed in the context of the library setting. A flow chart of the reference process and user survey questions are included. (MES)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, Flow Charts, Guidelines, Library Administration
Malinconico, S. Michael – Library Journal, 1985
This essay illustrates a technique for reducing the risks of capital investment decisions involving considerable sums for advanced technologies by considering its application to a problem that arises frequently in selection of automated library systems. Incomplete information, using available information, selecting a system, and consultants are…
Descriptors: Consultants, Decision Making, Electronic Equipment, Information Systems
Mason, Robert M. – Library Journal, 1983
Examines options for buying microcomputers (the manufacturer or his/her representative, computer stores, general retail stores, mail order, system integrators, traditional vendors, second-hand). Three major factors are considered: support before sale; price/cost; and support after sale. Advantages and disadvantages of each option and…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Equipment, Microcomputers, Purchasing
Mason, Robert M. – Library Journal, 1983
Discusses use of communications software packages as a means of linking a microcomputer with other computers, endowing it with characteristics of a terminal, and still preserving many personal computer features. Required features, additional features, and books and guidebooks are noted. (EJS)
Descriptors: Computer Programs, Databases, Guides, Input Output Devices
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