Dealing with difficult people in the library / Mark R. Willis.
By: Willis, Mark RMaterial type: TextPublisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 1999Description: 1 online resource (ix, 195 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0585325367; 9780585325361Subject(s): Public services (Libraries) -- United States | Communication in library science -- United States | Public libraries -- Security measures -- United States | Public libraries -- Public relations -- United States | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Library & Information Science -- General | Communication in library science | Public libraries -- Public relations | Public libraries -- Security measures | Public services (Libraries) | United States | Bibliotheekgebruikers | Afwijkend gedrag | Verenigde Staten | Social Sciences | Library & Information ScienceGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dealing with difficult people in the library.DDC classification: 025.5 LOC classification: Z711 | .W64 1999ebOther classification: 06.60 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (page 187) and index.
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Sect. I. Problem Patrons? No Problem! 1. What's the Problem Here? 2. Gaining Control. 3. Controlling the Situation. 4. Turning Complainers into Happy Customers. 5. Real Problem Cases. 6. Dealing with the Mentally Ill. 7. Anger in the Library. 8. What to Do about Suspected Child Abuse. 9. Taming the Internet. 10. Talkative People. 11. The Homeless in the Library. 12. Hey Lady! You Forgot Your Kids! 13. Censorship Problems -- Sect. II. Talking about Communication. 14. A Brief History of Communication. 15. Listening Takes More than Ears. 16. Your Communication Toolbox. 17. How You Say It Matters -- Sect. III. Preventing Problems. 18. An Ounce of Prevention. 19. Good Policies Make Good Patrons. 20. Policy Training. 21. Helping the Security Force Help You. 22. All This Talk about Stress Is Stressing Me Out! 23. Memo to the Boss. 24. Wrapping Up -- App. 1. An Overview of Mental Illnesses -- App. 2. Sample Internet Policies -- App. 3. Sample Children's Policies -- App. 4. Customer Service Language -- App. 5. Sample Patron Rules -- App. 6. Sample from the Ontario (Calif.) Public Library Procedure Manual.
"Dealing with Difficult People in the Library offers practical strategies for managing problems posed by patrons and staff. It is the best hands-on guide to solving problems through communication, preventive measures, and clear and concise patron behavior policies." "Communication skills are at the heart of resolving difficult situations and ensuring that simple encounters don't escalate into real problems. Recognizing the difference between a patron with a simple problem and a real security risk takes skill and understanding. Knowing how to deal with both situations effectively is a challenge. Dealing with Difficult People in the Library will arm you with the skills and the ability needed."--Jacket.