New book by Mary Grace Flaherty receives rave review from Library Journal

February 14, 2018

The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource, a new book by UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor Mary Grace Flaherty, has received a glowing review in the Feb. 1 edition of Library Journal.

Left: SILS Assistant Professor Mary Grace Flaherty.
Right: The cover of Flaherty's book, The Library Staff
Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library's
Most Important Resource.

“Flaherty offers library staff with varying levels of supervising experience an accessible, well-organized guide filled with a plethora of resources,” wrote reviewer Katie McGaha. “New supervisors will find rubrics and charts on, for instance, evaluating job candidates’ interview responses, invaluable.”

In her final verdict, McGaha wrote that Flaherty’s book is “Highly recommended for current and aspiring library supervisors interested in building their management skills and developing an efficient and cohesive staff.”

The Library Staff Development Handbook was published by Rowman & Littlefield in the fall of 2017. Flaherty’s latest book, Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library, debuted in January. The book guides library staff on ways to help library users access high quality health information by relying on authoritative, up-to-date sources, as well as why offering health promotion programming can be a valuable piece of community outreach.