Will Manley, a trustee for the Livermore (CA) Public Library, is the author of nine books on the lighter side of librarianship, and he has written over 600 magazine articles. He currently writes the “Manley Arts” column in Booklist and the “Will’s World” column every month in the ALA’s American Libraries Magazine. Manley is also a popular speaker at library conferences and staff development days.
Here is Will’s resume:
Current Obsession – To perfect my golf swing in order to represent the library profession in a respectable way on the golf courses of the San Francisco Bay area.
Hobbies – Hiking, golf (hiking gone bad), living a green lifestyle, listening to Mozart, reading Finnegans Wake, and rehabbing a raccoon infested property.
Library Interests – To spread good cheer to librarians everywhere and to spend at least 10 hours a week as a non-problem patron at the Livermore (CA) Library.
Education – BA- Notre Dame; MLS-Univ. of Denver; MPA – Arizona State.
Work Experience – 30 years as a public library administrator and 8 years as a city manager.
700 BC – Reference Librarian at the Alexandrian Library
950 AD – Monastic Scribe at the Lindisfarne Library
1867 AD – Janitor at the Library of Congress
9 Books - None of them appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and none of them were translated into other languages, but all 9 got rave reviews from my son Stephen on Amazon.com. They are all out of print and out of stock but there are still boxes of them in my mother’s attic, and you can get several of them for less than a quarter from ebay.
628 Monthly Columns
1980-1992 – “Facing the Public” – Wilson Library Bulletin
1992 to present – “Will’s World” – American Libraries
1992 to present – “The Manley Arts” – Booklist
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