Productivity for Librarians

Productivity for Librarians

How to Get More Done in Less Time

1st Edition - March 15, 2010

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  • Author: Samantha Hines
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630304
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345671

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Productivity for Librarians provides tips and tools for organizing, prioritizing and managing time along with reducing stress. The book presents a resources guide for continued learning about and exploration of productivity in relation to individual circumstances featuring motivation, procrastination and time management guidelines. Addressing the unique challenges faced by librarians, the author supplies a balanced view of a variety of tools and techniques for dealing with overwork and stress.

Key Features

  • There are many books on productivity, but none specifically targeted at library workers. We face unique challenges in our profession and this book will address these
  • This book will not espouse a single approach to dealing with overwork and stress, but will instead present a balanced view of several tools and techniques that are of assistance
  • This book provides a resource guide for continued learning about and exploration of productivity as applied to the reader’s individual circumstances. The author has also created an online community for readers to share information and continue their work


Practicing librarians and library workers, especially those in management or with aspirations to manage

Table of Contents

  • List of tables

    About the author



    Chapter 1: What is productivity?

    History of productivity

    What productivity is not

    Why librarians? Why libraries?

    Why you?

    Chapter 2: Motivation

    The big picture and setting goals

    SMART goals

    What if I have no goals?

    Achieving balance

    How to achieve balance at work

    Keeping balance outside the workplace

    Burnout and setting limits

    Improving communication

    How to say no

    Making your workspace work

    Finding the fun

    A focus on the future


    Questions to consider

    Chapter 3: Procrastination

    Procrastination and perfectionism

    Procrastination as avoidance

    Procrastination as poor impulse control

    How to minimise procrastination

    Dealing with e-mail

    Dealing with other distractions

    The Pomodoro Technique

    Procrastination as motivation?

    The to-do list

    To-do lists and organisation

    Tools to help organise to-do lists

    Getting started with to-do lists

    To-do list as tool, not lifestyle

    Questions to consider

    Chapter 4: Time management

    Time management quiz

    Identifying peak productivity times

    How to get out the door at the end of the day

    Defending your time


    Dealing with meetings

    Smart multitasking

    Office hours

    Setting priorities


    Calendar tools

    Not just the tools

    Questions to consider

    Chapter 5: Systems of productivity

    The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

    Getting Things Done

    Never Check E-Mail in the Morning

    Bit Literacy

    The Four-Hour Workweek

    Zen to Done

    One Year to an Organized Work Life

    Systems quiz

    A cautionary note

    Questions to consider

    Chapter 6: Managing for productivity

    First take the mote from your own eye

    Trust is the key

    Avoiding micromanagement

    Communication is everything


    Breaking the cycle of crisis management

    Burnout and the organisation

    Anticipate the future and plan for it now

    Questions to consider

    Chapter 7: Sticking with productivity

    Take your time

    Visualise the change

    Accountability is a virtue

    Creating focus

    The media diet

    The review process

    The mind dump


    Trust your system

    Rewards revisited

    Don’t break the chain

    Resistance to change

    Should I quit?

    Is that all there is?

    Questions to consider

    Chapter 8: Resource guide

    General online resources



    Time management


    Others that might be of interest:

    Articles on the application of Seven Habits

    General articles and books of interest

    The final word

    Chapter 9: Wrapping up



Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: March 15, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630304
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345671

About the Author

Samantha Hines

Samantha Schmehl Hines received her MS in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. She has worked as a cataloguer for the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids and as a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City. In 2004 she was hired by Mansfield Library at the University of Montana-Missoula and is currently the Distance Education Coordinator/Social Science Librarian/Reference Desk Manager.

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University of Montana-Missoula, USA

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