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Article
Publication date: 6 May 2014

Gary Fitsimmons

– This article’s purpose is to discuss what is necessary to being a good library supervisor.

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Purpose

This article’s purpose is to discuss what is necessary to being a good library supervisor.

Design/methodology/approach

The article defines the meaning of being a good supervisor and then expands on that definition, including what it takes to get there.

Findings

The article finds that being a good library supervisor requires much more than knowledge of the profession.

Practical implications

The person aspiring to being a good supervisor must know what is required and be willing to take the steps to get there.

Social implications

Being a good supervisor involves managing the complex interrelationships between the supervisor, his or her supervisor, the supervisees, the clients and anyone else involved in the workplace environment.

Originality/value

The value of the article is in forming a picture of the complex nature of good supervision.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 27 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 28 October 2013

Gary Fitsimmons

– This article's purpose is to show how to develop and maintain a shared vision for library services among a library staff.

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Purpose

This article's purpose is to show how to develop and maintain a shared vision for library services among a library staff.

Design/methodology/approach

The article shows what a shared vision is, then how to develop it.

Findings

The article finds that a sense of ownership in the organization and relationships are keys in building a shared vision.

Practical implications

A shared vision guides the development and offering of effective library services.

Originality/value

The value of the article is in learning what goes in to vision building and how to do it.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 26 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 25 November 2013

Gary Fitsimmons

– This article's purpose is to encourage a vision in the profession of librarianship for succession planning.

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Purpose

This article's purpose is to encourage a vision in the profession of librarianship for succession planning.

Design/methodology/approach

The article springboards from the previous column, showing the natural expansion of the discussion on vision building to include succession planning.

Findings

The article finds that succession planning is a natural extension of good vision building.

Practical implications

This is a practical way to practice succession planning regardless of the size or resources of the institution.

Originality/value

The value of the article is in contributing a solution to the professional problem of how to provide for continuing leadership for our libraries.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 5 August 2014

Gary Fitsimmons

– The purpose of this article is to promote good communication practices.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to promote good communication practices.

Design/methodology/approach

The article defines the elements of the communication process, shows the most likely trouble spots in that process and discusses what good communication practice looks like practically.

Findings

The article’s findings are that the key to good communication practices is strong trusting relationships between the communicators.

Practical implications

Good communication practices affect productivity and therefore the bottom line.

Social implications

Workplace relationships affect the quality of workplace communication and vice versa.

Originality/value

The value of the article is a reminder of how to deal effectively with one of the most common workplace challenges.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 19 May 2009

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this article is to discuss the part that gaining buy‐in plays in practicing the leadership performance standard of managing people effectively.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to discuss the part that gaining buy‐in plays in practicing the leadership performance standard of managing people effectively.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is to show how people are stakeholders and how to appeal to that connection with the organization to gain buy‐in for projects and programs.

Findings

The findings are that the effective leader can secure buy‐in for projects and programs by appealing to the connection of organizational stakeholders.

Originality/value

The value is in learning how to advance organizational goals through projects and programs by securing cooperation from all of the people involved.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Publication date: 30 May 2008

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this paper is to expound upon integrity, which is the first of the “leadership performance standards” introduced in the last installment of this column. It…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to expound upon integrity, which is the first of the “leadership performance standards” introduced in the last installment of this column. It shows how integrity in the library staff is foundational to good cost‐effective library service and how it can and should be modeled and encouraged by the library administrator.

Design/methodology/approach

The article sets forth several assertions regarding integrity and then explains and supports them one at a time, concluding with a checklist for developing an atmosphere of integrity.

Findings

Integrity is the most highly sought after attribute in library directors and is foundational to all good cost‐effective library service. An atmosphere of integrity for the workplace can and should be fostered by the example of the library administrator.

Originality/value

Learning why integrity is necessary and how to foster it in library staff and in the atmosphere of the library is the first step toward ensuring that the library will be able to fulfill its mission in a cost‐effective manner.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 30 October 2009

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the management of physical resources (materials, equipment, and facilities) as a performance standard for leadership.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the management of physical resources (materials, equipment, and facilities) as a performance standard for leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach of the paper is to list general principles for physical resource management and then discuss the understanding needed for the creative application of those principles.

Findings

The findings are that library leaders must understand how to collaborate, negotiate and formulate policies in order to manage physical resources well for the sake of the bottom line as well as the quality of the user and staff experience.

Originality/value

The value is in learning how to use interpersonal interaction to effectively manage physical resources in a way that advances overall organizational goals.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 28 November 2008

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this paper is to conclude the discussion of the leadership quality of good time management by presenting thoughts on implementing an action plan based on…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to conclude the discussion of the leadership quality of good time management by presenting thoughts on implementing an action plan based on work goals. Design/methodology/approach – The paper establishes the need for good plan implementation and then lays out a way of dealing with problems as they arise. Finally it discusses plan assessment in general terms as either the final step in the implementation, or part of a cycle of assessment and reimplementation.

Findings

The findings are that a good leader and manager must be able to carry a plan from planning through implementation and to know when and how to sustain a cycle of assessment and reimplementation.

Originality/value

The value of this paper is in its suggestions for smoothing the way through plan implementation when things go awry.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 21 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Article
Publication date: 1 June 2010

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of managing the library's and the director's images.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of managing the library's and the director's images.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is to introduce the idea of image as a resource and then discuss how it should be properly managed.

Findings

The findings are that the library's image is closely related to that of its director and an image of great service is a key to the library's general health.

Originality/value

The value of this article is in learning how to cultivate the proper image as a director and for the library in order to reap the benefits of better funding and other types of support.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Publication date: 23 November 2012

Gary Fitsimmons

The purpose of this paper is to offer a model for staffing library functions that is free from the limits of rigid job descriptions.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a model for staffing library functions that is free from the limits of rigid job descriptions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper introduces the concept of fluid job descriptions and then explains how to use the concept to balance workloads and solve other problems.

Findings

Using this concept allows the best possible use of available talent and skills.

Practical implications

Library directors can make their staff assets go further by avoiding the limitations that rigid job descriptions impose.

Social implications

This model has the potential for increasing job satisfaction of library staffs as well as the efficiency with which they work together in serving their constituencies.

Originality/value

The value of the article is in improving library efficiency, along with employee job satisfaction, by introducing more flexibility into staff workload assignments.

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