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Conflict Management for Libraries: Strategies for a Positive, Productive Workplace

Jack G. Montgomery

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ISBN 10: 083890890X / ISBN 13: 9780838908907
Published by American Library Association, 2005
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Title: Conflict Management for Libraries: ...

Publisher: American Library Association

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition:Very Good

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While projecting a calm and peacefulness, libraries are not immune to workplace stress and conflict. In a research survey conducted over three years, the authors asked, "What are the common causes of workplace conflict in libraries?" From the results of the study, as well as formal and informal observations, the authors have developed 17 scenarios of library workplace conflict, along with realistic ways to manage them. Drawing on these stories from the trenches, expert counsel from a human resources counselor and managerial consultant, and their own years of experience, the authors share three distinctive points of view for a balanced perspective to reconcile even the stickiest situation. They offer an array of tools to create a positive working environment, stay on track with achieving goals, and live the mission of the library. Helping to build a healthy working environment, they supply the necessary tips to help you: Understand the roots of conflict that typically arise every day in libraries; Anticipate and prepare to manage problems when they appear; Use appropriate strategies to work successfully with all parties; Choose from a variety approaches to dissipate conflict; Library administrators, directors, managers, and supervisors in any library setting will find a valuable framework for understanding, interpreting, and defusing workplace conflicts using these library-specific examples.

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Jack G. Montgomery is coordinator of acquisitions at the Library of Western Kentucky University. He has served as speaker on educational programs at the American Association of Law Libraries since 1989. Both authors have conducted workshops on conflict management in libraries. Eleanor I. Cook is serials coordinator and professor at Belk Library at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She writes a regular column in Against the Grain and is on the editorial board of Serials Librarian. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MA in Leadership & Higher Education from Appalachian State University.

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