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The Librarian's Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age (edition 2012)

by Beth Ashmore, Jill E. Grogg, Jeff Weddle

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Librarians negotiate every day with vendors, funding agencies, administrators, employees, co-workers, and patrons yet the art of negotiation receives little attention in library education and training. This practical guide by three experienced librarian-negotiators will help you develop the mindset, skills, and confidence you need to negotiate effectively in any situation. The authors provide an in-depth look at negotiation in theory and practice, share tactics and strategies of top negotiators, offer techniques for overcoming emotional responses to conflict, recall successful outcomes and deals gone awry, and demonstrate the importance of negotiating expertise to libraries and library careers. The result is an eye-opening survey into the true nature of negotiation both as a form of communication and as a tool you can use to create sustainable collections and improve library service in the digital age."… (more)
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Title:The Librarian's Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age
Authors:Beth Ashmore
Other authors:Jill E. Grogg, Jeff Weddle
Info:Information Today, Inc. (2012), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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This is well written, informative, and timely instruction on the art of negotiation. With shrinking budgets and rising library use, this information is more valuable than ever. This would be a great addition to any librarian’s tool box, it matters not if the librarian is a recent MLS graduate or a seasoned professional. ( )
  mariah2 | Aug 28, 2012 |
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A crucial book for the modern librarian.

It can sometimes be too much - the world of information science being rocked to the core by technology AND budgets being slashed to the bone due to this down economy. Today's librarian cannot be blamed for feeling ill equiped to deal with these game changing issues. Since they will not be going away, at least not anytime soon, it is up to the librarian to develop skills that allow her/him to navigate these treacherous waters. One necessary skill, it not the most important one, is the art of negotiation. At first glance this would seem to be more in the domain of business or law but now it is the skill that can make or break the librarian. The old players and methods are either gone or vastly changed and the librarian has the responsiblity for getting the best bargain with tight cash flow. Nothing less than the survival of the library is at stake on a skill that the librarian almost certainly didn't learn in her/his colllege training. Enter this book.

The authors of this book attempt to change the mind set of the librarian form "how can I help you" to one of formulating needs and optimal outcomes and learning communication skills that will bring those about. Beautifully honed in to the special needs of libriaries, this book goes over how to deal with vendors/publishers, consortia, funding sources and yes, even patrons. Included are discussions about e-resources and open source, areas that may be difficult for traditionally trained librarians to navigate. The book is heavily annotated and contains a bibliography and several appendiices for anyone wishing to research a topic further.

I found the book to be very useful in its information. It read much more like a textbook then your more typical negotiation how-to, which I found to be a slight negative. Two items really stood out for me in this book. First, was the extensive interviewing and citing of leaders in the world of libary science. This provided real world examples of successes and pitfalls in regards to negotiation. Second, I really enjoyed the chapter of negotiation hardball in which the authors discuss what to do when a negotiation becomes difficult. Using Musashi's _A Book of Five Rings_ (a martial arts guide), the skills are taught of how to hang tough in a negotiation fight. The juxapostion of library negotiation and combat was unexpected and masterful - great reading. This is definitely a book every librarian should read and refer to often. Very much recommended. ( )
  buchowl | Jul 23, 2012 |
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Ashmore, Grogg and Weddle offer an accessible, engaging, and easy to read guide to negotiation within the world of libraries. Whether you are a librarian responsible for working with vendors or simply want to learn how to better negotiate within your institution, this books provides useful strategies. The authors bring in a wealth of outside material from the business world, but present it in a language and context familiar to librarians. This work would be beneficial to librarians of any type: academic and public, especially. ( )
  johnxlibris | Jul 6, 2012 |
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One thing that is not taught in library school is how to negotiate. In fact, there are a lot of important business aspects of the profession that are glossed over, instead focusing on how to find information. These people will eventually end up running libraries, so it is important to be able to do these things. This book is an excellent primer on negotiating, focusing on the digital age. This is a new frontier for libraries, so it's important that we do it right in order to maximize our budgets. ( )
  goodinthestacks | Jun 10, 2012 |
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Even if one was not directly interested in the field of libraries, I would recommend this book for any eclectic collection dealing with psychology, negotiation, and human relationships, as well as the fields of information management and organization, and even politics. The organization of the book defies the all-too-typically over-complicated nature of college textbooks and instead uses a combination of informal and interesting writing to put it miles ahead of the style of most textbooks. In fact, I would venture to put this book in a category that would include general interest books for people who are not library students or even librarians. You can pretty much open the book up to any section by random and find some interesting tidbit about the current state of libraries and even society as a whole. Considering that we are well into the "information society" with all indications that future changes in society will continue the trend of increased inter connectivity and availability of information for nearly everyone with basic literacy and access to a computer, books like this one will be even more helpful in the future than they are today, which is still very useful. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone with a basic interest in information, libraries, and/or society as a whole, which I hope would be everyone, at least if you have enough money to buy the book. ( )
  MoonBeamShadow | Jun 1, 2012 |
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Librarians negotiate every day with vendors, funding agencies, administrators, employees, co-workers, and patrons yet the art of negotiation receives little attention in library education and training. This practical guide by three experienced librarian-negotiators will help you develop the mindset, skills, and confidence you need to negotiate effectively in any situation. The authors provide an in-depth look at negotiation in theory and practice, share tactics and strategies of top negotiators, offer techniques for overcoming emotional responses to conflict, recall successful outcomes and deals gone awry, and demonstrate the importance of negotiating expertise to libraries and library careers. The result is an eye-opening survey into the true nature of negotiation both as a form of communication and as a tool you can use to create sustainable collections and improve library service in the digital age."

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