Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition by Elizabeth J. Wood

By Elizabeth J. Wood

One half idea (borrowed from company world), one half perform (including certain case reviews of the collage of Pittsburgh and the collage of Arizona), one half suggestion: past Survival deals principles approximately how educational libraries can't purely continue to exist within the brief time period, yet reap the benefits of emergent possibilities through judiciously adopting an identical organizational improvement instruments and ideas espoused via the enterprise world.

While there's a good deal of anecdotal facts that major organizational adjustments are happening in educational libraries, the literature means that every one of these adjustments take the shape of evolutionary, or incremental development. yet what occurs whilst libraries locate themselves in a society characterised via elevated details availability compression of time and area, and becoming turbulence and unpredictability?

These are stipulations with which the company international has been grappling for years, stipulations that require no longer an evolutionary process, yet nimbleness and fast reaction. One half idea (borrowed from company world), one half perform (including distinct case reviews of the collage of Pittsburgh and the college of Arizona), one half notion, past Survival indicates you the way the transition strategies and techniques constructed via companies should be tailored to educational libraries. through judiciously adopting a similar organizational improvement instruments and ideas espoused by way of the enterprise global, educational libraries can't merely live to tell the tale within the brief time period, yet can reap the benefits of emergent possibilities to make sure long term excellence.

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Marcum 2005, 6). Indeed, even grizzled boomers among library colleagues must strain to recall an era in which catalogers all over the country spent hours painstakingly describing every aspect of the selfsame new monograph that was being added to countless collections in peer institutions. But both standard cataloging purchased in the form of Library of Congress card sets and copy cataloging done via OCLC were implemented long before the lean years. Outsourcing of Non-Core Functions Arguably the most controversial innovation in academic libraries made possible by technology is outsourcing.

Bryson’s (2004) participation planning matrix is instructive for academic library planners who frequently need to juggle competing stakeholder interests and concerns. “Creating ideas that are worth implementing and also implementable depends on clearly understanding stakeholders and their interests, both separately and in relation to each other, so that … issues have a chance of being addressed effectively in practice” (340). ”) (341). These are arrayed in columns above rows representing the following strategic management functions or activities: • Organizing participation • Creating ideas for strategic action (including issue identification and strategy formulation) 27 28 BEYOND SURVIVAL • Building a winning coalition around proposal development, review, and adoption • Implementing, monitoring, and evaluating strategic options.

One of the most compelling is the account of how Harvard College Library restructured its reference services to achieve greater standardization and coordination despite one of the most decentralized administrative models existing in an academic library system. The transition from what the author calls an “organized anarchy,” which was comparable to the German feudal states, to concrete improvements in coordinated service is remarkable. Positive outcomes included staff increases in public service units, improved retrieval of 11 12 BEYOND SURVIVAL materials from remote storage, implementation of a document delivery system, construction of an electronic classroom, and establishment of several coordinator-level positions (Kent 1997, 180–81).

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