Larry Cooperman

This post was written by guest blogger Larry Cooperman. He has worked as a solo and small library manager and director for the past ten years, primarily in academic libraries, public libraries, and school libraries, and among his many achievements, is the author of Managing the One-Person Library.
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Solo Librarians and Peer Mentoring

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 12/26/2017

One of the many positive aspects of solo librarianship is the diversity of the practitioners. Among them are law librarians, medical librarians, corporate/special librarians and archivists, to name just a few. This diversity helps solo librarians to better help one another, solving common problems and sharing/implementing best practices.

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Topics: Library Management, Professional Development, Small Library Management

Is Virtual Networking the Best Option for Solo Librarians?

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 7/13/2017

Most librarians (and indeed, most professionals) think of networking as a personal, face-to-face activity. Most also look forward to meeting their fellow librarians and to making new friends, all while learning together about new ideas and trends in the library field. The challenge for solo librarians is that they often cannot leave their libraries to attend live conferences and meetings.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

Going it Alone? The Professional Development Secrets of Solo Librarians

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 7/6/2017

Many librarians choose to work on their own, inside many different types of organizations. All library skills—whether reference, cataloging, or collection development—are useful and valuable to both solo librarians and their users. However, there are challenges (both budgetary and organizational) to going it alone which require one-person library managers to seek out both a network and a professional “support system.”

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Topics: Library Management, Small Library Management, Integrated Library Systems

Solo Success: Time Management Apps for Solo Librarians

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 6/29/2017

Solo librarians need powerful time management tools, since they are running their libraries without paraprofessional staff to assist. I’ve learned that many solo librarians (as well as other professionals) use their smartphones to manage and organize their time. Technology to the rescue!

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Small Library Management

Solo Success: Time Management Apps for Solo Librarians

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 5/11/2016

Solo librarians need powerful time management tools, since they are running their libraries without paraprofessional staff to assist. I’ve learned that many solo librarians (as well as other professionals) use their smartphones to manage and organize their time.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship

Anticipate Change and Make it Work for Your Library

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Posted by Larry Cooperman on 3/30/2016

Having read Lucidea’s white paper (“Building the Resilient Library”) based on the panel discussion they sponsored at a recent Special Libraries Association conference, I noticed the emphasis on proactivity as a key characteristic of successful librarians, especially when change occurs in their organizations.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Change Management

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