Description

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

Readership

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

Table of Contents

List of tables

About the author

Acknowledgments

Preface

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

Rewards

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

Multitasking

Dealing with meetings

Smart multitasking

Office hours

Setting priorities

Delegating

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

Details

No. of pages:
176
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9781780630304
Print 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Montana-Missoula, USA

Reviews

...an engaging, easy-to-read style. The real value of the book is its practicality; useful tips and strategies are provided that can be used immediately as well as integrated more thoughtfully in the longer term. […] [This will] put any librarian who spends time with this book on the path to productivity., Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association