Supervising and Leading Teams in ILS

Dec 2006 | 224pp

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Supervising and Leading Teams in ILS

Barbara Allan

Anyone wishing to be a successful supervisor must learn the interpersonal skills of communication, assertiveness and the psychology of motivation in order to build a successful team with a positive ethos.

This book provides a practical guide to supervisory skills for team leaders and supervisors in library and information work. Although reference is made to relevant management concepts, its strength is that it translates theory into practice, and the focus is decidedly on the latter. This is very much a 'how to' guide for anyone wishing to develop a supervisory role in an ILS context.

Each topic is covered in a practical and down-to-earth manner, and is illustrated by examples and case studies from different types of ILS. The text also offers self-development inventories and checklists. Key topics covered are:

  • working as a supervisor or team leader
  • motivation
  • confident supervision
  • managing the whole team
  • managing work: delegation and monitoring
  • giving feedback and praise
  • communication skills for supervisors
  • managing difficult situations
  • training and development
  • the supervisor and human resource management
  • gaining support as a supervisor or team leader.

1. The role of team leaders in ILS  
2. Leading and managing the team  
3. Confident leadership and supervision  
4. Motivation  
5. Managing the work  
6. Communication skills  
7. Managing and leading complex teams  
8. Human resource management  
9. Workplace learning and training  
10. Personal and professional development

"...a superior resource…This is a considered and practical work. Its content is presented in effective and appealing ways."
- Australian Library Journal

Dr Barbara Allan is Deputy Dean of Hull University Business School and Director of the Centre for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. Barbara is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Barbara is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.