Week Two: The Administrative Side of the Library

During my second week, I learned more about the administrative side of the library. I met with Elizabeth McClenney , the library director, and I learned about some of what her job entails. In addition to hiring, training, budgeting, and other things that people associate with administration, directors work with the community or institution to figure out what works and what doesn’t within the library. A director or library dean will look at other institution and community libraries to determine if they are keeping pace with the surrounding area. I learned that there is a difference in the responsibilities of a director or dean for an institution than that of a public library. Our administrative staff here at Roanoke College work very hard to make sure that Fintel is a welcoming place to students and faculty, and that there is a space for every type of person.