Title: The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource (Medical Library Association Books Series)
Author: Mary Grace Flaherty
ISBN: 978-1-4422-7035-0; $85; Paperback: 978-1-4422-7036-7, $45;  eBook: 978-1-4422-7037-4, $42.50 
Imprint: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource provides practical tips, suggestions for resources, and concrete examples for addressing the multiple and varied aspects of staff development. From crafting a job description to recruitment, hiring and retention, and from progressive discipline and succession planning to continuing education, performance appraisals, and the importance of workplace fun, this handbook can serve as a companion for managers, supervisors and library staff as they negotiate the challenging range of staffing issues and the opportunities they provide in the library setting.




Flaherty offers library staff with varying levels of supervising experience an accessible, well-organized guide filled with a plethora of resources. Drawing on firsthand experience, the author provides valuable advice on everything from recruiting prospective candidates and cultivating a positive workplace culture to promoting continuing education and conducting ongoing performance appraisals. New supervisors will find rubrics and charts on, for instance, evaluating job candidates’ interview responses, invaluable. Each chapter ends with a bibliography. While there are many materials on staff management, Flaherty’s volume stands out for its relevance to libraries. VERDICT: Highly recommended for current and aspiring library supervisors interested in building their management skills and developing an efficient and cohesive staff. (Library Journal)


Librarians and library supervisors who have the responsibility for empowering and nurturing their staffs will find real gems of practical advice, templates, tips, and personal connections in this staff development handbook. In this guide, Flaherty has captured the positive, supportive, and nurturing tone that libraries must create within their organizations to recruit, hire, train, and maintain effective and engaged staffs. Supervisors will want to keep this book handy and refer to it often. (Barbara Stripling, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice, School of Information Studies, Syracuse Unviersity, President, American Library Association, 2013-2014 and President, New York Library Association, 2016-2017)