The Machiavellian Librarian

1st Edition

Winning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and influencing Stakeholders

Editors: Melissa K. Aho Erika Bennett
Paperback ISBN: 9781843347552
eBook ISBN: 9781780634364
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 24th October 2013
Page Count: 340
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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • List of figures and tables

    • Figures
    • Tables
  • About the contributors

    • Editors
    • Contributing authors
  • 1. Introduction

    • References
  • Part 1: Character and Behavior for Princes

    • 2. One Machiavellian librarian’s path toward leadership

      • Abstract:
      • What is a Machiavellian librarian?
      • That which looks bad may actually be good
      • Let Switzerland be your role model
      • For tonight, Niccolò, we take over the world
      • Be very careful about the F word (friend)
      • The role of a Machiavellian librarian in times of a hostile takeover
      • A final definition of a Machiavellian librarian?
      • Recommendations
      • References
    • 3. Weasels and honey badgers: networking for librarians

      • Abstract:
      • Stereotypes
      • The warm connection
      • Creating your networking plan
      • Executing your networking plan
      • Dealing with rejection
      • Evaluate the success of your networking plan
      • New roles provide new networking opportunities
      • Recommendations
      • References
    • 4. Influence without authority: making fierce allies

      • Abstract:
      • Rub the right elbows
      • Needs assessment
      • Starting the conversation—embrace the stereotypes
      • Networking—killing them with kindness
      • Offer your services—how to sell yourself without selling yourself
      • Communicating benefits
      • Communicating your value—we’re priceless!
      • Creating and becoming library champions—we’re number 1!
      • Recommendations
      • References
    • 5. Prince or plebe?: success at all levels of the library hierarchy

      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • The prince: success as a supervisor
      • The politician: su


Description

Do librarians ‘rock the boat’? Do they challenge those around them to win influence and advantage? Why is it that librarians are little found on the ‘influence’ grid of personality assessment tests? The Machiavellian Librarian offers real life examples of librarians who use their knowledge and skill to project influence, and turn the tide in their, and their library’s, favor. Authors offer first hand and clear examples to help librarians learn to use their influence effectively, for the betterment of their library and their career. Opening chapters cover visualizing data, as well as networking and strategic alignment. Following chapters discuss influence without authority-making fierce allies, communicating results in accessible language and user-centered planning. Closing chapters address using accreditation and regulation reporting to better position the library, as well as political positioning and outcome assessment.

Key Features

  • Throws the spotlight on librarian’s professional and personality traits, many of which are deleterious to the long-term viability of library funding
  • Shows how best to boost the value proposition of libraries, through enhanced influence
  • Includes how-to chapters on influencing others in the organization

Readership

Librarians of all areas and levels, particularly those involved in management


Details

No. of pages:
340
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Chandos Publishing 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9781780634364
Paperback ISBN:
9781843347552

Reviews

"... Recommended for those looking for unique ideas on how to expand programming or services as well as for those dealing with difficult political climates at their institution."- Collaborative Librarianship

“This book offers real-life examples of librarians who use their knowledge and skill to project influence, and turn the tide in their, and their library’s, favor. The opening chapters cover visualizing data, as well as networking and strategic alignment. Subsequent chapters discuss influence without authority, making fierce allies, communicating results in accessible language and user-centered planning.”--LISTrends.com, July 11, 2014

"This is a valuable collection that fills a need for practical advice and examples about how to exert influence in a positive way...also recommended as a sourcebook for case studies and discussion starters for professional and student groups."--Australian Library Journal, Vol 63, No 4


About the Editors

Melissa K. Aho Editor

Melissa K. Aho works at the Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, and is pursuing a PhD in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Minnesota, USA

Erika Bennett Editor

Erika Bennett is Instruction Services Team Supervisor at Capella University. She has written book chapters, conference papers, and articles on information literacy and assessment. Erika holds an MLIS and an MS in Educational Psychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Capella University, USA