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FOLIOz: Facilitated Online Learning as an Interactive Opportunity in Australia

Moving into Supervision: Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals (MOVES)


About MOVES...

Welcome to the 'Moving into Supervision: Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals (MOVES) webpages. MOVES is an online interactive course on supervisory skills that is being delivered by email and Web pages. The course has been comissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as a FOLIOz course for Australian and New Zealand librarians.


The MOVES course began on Monday 1st June 2009 and finished on Friday 10th July 2009. For the course materials, see the MOVES archive. To see an outline of the course, see the MOVES course timetable.


Key Materials...


Portfolio Templates:

Group Supported Route

Self-Directed Route


Portfolios will be assessed by the following criteria depending on which route you are undertaking:

Group-Supported Assessment Criteria

Self-Directed Assessment Criteria



Course Introduction

Course FAQs

Portfolio Submission Instructions

Evaluation Form - please complete the online course evaluation form.



What are the personal qualities needed for supervision?

Recruitment and selection

Managing Time and Workload



Part 1: Personal Qualities

Part 2: Orientation

Part 3: Delegation and Monitoring

Part 4: Developing staff potential



Buddy Group List

Find out who is in your buddy group at: buddy group


Course Aim...

The MOVES course aims to help library technicians and new information professionals to gain an understanding and appreciation for key principles and methods of effective supervision of staff in any type of library or information service.


Course Objectives...

By the end of the MOVES course participants will be able to:


  • Understand the characteristics of effective supervision as it specifically relates to library and information services.
  • Identify and utilise specific techniques when supervising the performance and personal development of staff within their own library or information context.
  • Describe the main processes required for interviewing, setting performance goals, and evaluating staff performance.
  • Develop personal strategies to enable them to plan effectively, manage time, direct, train and motivate staff.
  • Engage with fellow participants in discussing issues connected with the supervision of library and information service staff.


Useful references


For more information on supervisory skills, see the following references:


  • Allan B (2006) Supervising and Leading Teams in ILS. London: Facet Publishing ISBN: 1856045870

  • Bailey MJ (1986) The Special Librarian As a Supervisor or Middle Manager. Special Libraries Assn, 2nd Sub Edition ISBN: 0871113155

  • Bailey MJ (1981) Supervisory and Middle Managers in Libraries. Scarecrow Press. ISBN: 0810814005

  • Broadwell MM (1986). Moving Up to Supervision. Wiley, 2nd Revised Edition. ISBN: 9780471836773

  • Erkkila, J. and MacKay, P. (1990). Practical Supervision: The First Line of Management. Journal of Library Administration 12 (1): 103-115.

  • Estabrook, L, Mason L, and Suelflow S (1992). Managing the Work of Support Staff. Library Trends 41 (2): 231-49.

  • Giesecke, J. (ed) (1997) Practical Help for New Supervisors. Third Edition. ALA Editions, American Library Association ISBN: 9780838934678

  • Giesecke J & McNeil B (2005). Fundamentals Of Library Supervision (ALA Fundamentals Series) Americian Library Association. ISBN: 0838908950

  • Gordon RS (2005). The Accidental Library Manager. Medford, NJ : Information Today.

  • Rogers, SL (1993). Out of Theory and into Practice: Supervising Library Employees. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 19 (3): 154-57.





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