Special Libraries & Products Designed for Libraries
Special libraries are not only a type of library, but special librarians and specialized collections and services exist within other types of libraries and in the widest variety of umbrella organizations and business environments. I can’t discuss special libraries without characterizing them as special libraries OR special library environments. This is - in large part - due to the fact that librarians with unique expertise and education can be found throughout a number of types of libraries as well as what we all think of as special such as corporate, legal, agency, religion, fine arts and health sciences - to name just a few areas. In addition, special library environments are characterized by other elements such as cutting edge technology, a delivery mode or method, the unique needs of their target constituents and also the unique characteristics or "role" of their resources such as map librarians or government documents librarians.
The special library world is a fascinating one and some of my favorite articles in our professional literature are those in Special Libraries about librarians on cruise ships, in hospitals going on grand rounds with doctors, in airports, at Playboy and for the Miami Dolphins as well as ACRL’s “Job of a Lifetime” columns and podcasts where librarians speak of their work as the librarian at an observatory, the user experience librarian and one of my favorites - the librarian whose focus is veterinary librarianship!
My work with special librarians has included customer service workshops with agency librarians, outcomes workshops with health sciences librarians, and financial management workshops with theological librarians to name just a few areas. In addition, my work on the association public relations initiative was heavily used by special librarians because of the focus on librarian expertise and the customer service content (with the librarian credentialing focus) I have designed for the special library staff is a critical part of a unique focus on the constituent.
As with other types of libraries, often special librarians are solo librarians who do it all…my resources represent selections from the master list of my resources/work products. A large number of these were designed for academic and public environments but many of these can be used for special libraries and special library environments. In addition, LLAMA columns and articles as well as ALA-APA articles were written with all types of libraries and information environments in mind.
Appendices Additions for Online Content. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. These appendices are 20+ free pages from R & L to supplement Library Management for the Digital Age .
The Application Form. TXLA. 2011 to the present. Helpful Handouts are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
A Book by It’s Cover. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries: A Response. ACRL 2006. A response to ACRL’s 2006 "Summit on the Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries."
Crafting Your Cover Letter. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA's placement center activities.
Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past; Sustaining the Future. A companion piece to "Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians: An ACRL White Paper." ACRL. 2007.
Evaluation Instruments: More Than the Forms. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2008. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Frontline Advocacy Train the Trainer Materials. ALA. 2008. "Frontline" is an ALA webpage designed to consolidate advocacy content for librarians in the field for the purpose of training library employees, stakeholders and supporters. Content by Todaro includes: In-Person, Virtual, and/or Digital Delivery of Frontline Advocacy: Designing Training to Meet Today's Training Needs (word document linked from the "Frontline Advocacy page" and 52 Ways to Make a Difference - Library Advocacy throughout the Year).
Identifying and Conveying Transferable Skills. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Julie Todaro on ACRL Emerging Leaders. ACRL. 2008. This podcast was recorded to highlight ACRL's commitment to and role in building a cohort of academic library leaders through ALA's emerging leaders program.
Leading People You Don’t Manage. LLAMA. 2011. This 19 page handout was designed to supplement a LLAMA middle management webinar series.
The Power of Personal Persuasion: Advancing the Academic Library Agenda from the Front Lines. ACRL. 2005. This toolkit was created to supplement 2005-2006 ACRL President Camila Alire's frontline advocacy presidential initiative. Alire's initiative Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit Taskforce served as an editorial board for advice and editing. See also "Julie Todaro's Tips for Persuasion without Power" by Marc Meola.
A Practical Guide for Personnel Management. TSLAC. 1993. A 60 page handout designed to supplement a series of personnel workshops for the state agency.
Preparing For Your Application Process. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
Professional Associations...Moving Past Membership into Involvement. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach. TLA. 2013. This toolkit applies the values’ content available for libraries to the practice of librarianship.
"A Rose By Any Other Name." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2006. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Thinking Outside the Hiring "Box." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
To Supplement or Not To Supplement: Post-Interviewing. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Ten Days of Work. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
TLA Chairs/Leader Training. TLA. 2013. This handout serves as a training document for TLA committee chairs at the TLA midyear meeting / Annual Assembly.
The Truth is Out There (LLAMA Columns). PDF’s of these columns can be found by accessing ALA’s LLAMA Publications page and choosing under "Browse the author" limiter on the right side of the page.
- "2 + 2" Vol 20, No 4 (2006)
- "911? 511? 411? 311? ...?" Vol 25, No 1 (2011)
- "As We Go to Press and into 2006 . . . What’s on My Mind?" Vol 20, No 2 (2006)
- "Community College Library Fundraising" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
- "Harry Potter and the Mediocre Manager" Vol 19, No 1 (2005)
- "Higher Ground" Vol 19, No 2 (2005)
- "I Mean it" Vol 21, No 1 (2007)
- "Is That My Garbage Can?" Vol 22, No 1 (2008)
- "I’ve Looked at Life . . . " Vol 20, No 3 (2006)
- "Juvenile Fish Transporter" Vol 22, No 4 (2008)
- "Mentoring Advice from an Expert" Vol 25, No 3 (2011)
- "No More ’Extra! Extra!’ But ’Read All about It!’" Vol 23, No 4 (2009)
- "Philosophy!" Vol 24, No 4 (2010)
- "Pimp My Library" Vol 21, No 4 (2007)
- "Six Feet from a Spider" Vol 22, No 2 (2008)
- "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" Vol 19, No 4 (2005)
- "Aisle or Window? Smoking or NonSmoking? Leadership or Management?" Vol 23, No 2 (2009)
- "Two Mothers" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
- "What Goes Around . . ." Vol 19, No 3 (2005)
- "What’s New? What’s Next? Or ... What’s Not?" Vol 24, No 2 (2010)