Recommended Reading..

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Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition

A very interesting read– especially about how both the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Arizona Library systems sought to implement transformative change throughout their organizations. Both case studies reveal how easily library culture can degrade into organizational stagnation and turf protection– where the means to an end becomes an end unto itself (as in the University of Pitt’s case, where cataloging became an obstacle to customer service). Here are a few review snippets listed on Amazon:

..They devote the first three chapters to background details on the need for change, along with an overview of managing change, including strategic planning, organizational development, marketing, and team-based organizations.
Library Journal

[W]e need to fully embrace change, and adapt successful business models like strategic planning and organizational development in order to turn change into an opportunity. In addition to theory, authors Elizabeth J. Wood, Rush Miller and Amy Knapp provide detailed case studies on how libraries… managed the kind of transformative change needed to position the academic library for a “vibrant future.”
American Libraries

Three library science scholars with business experience from U. of Michigan and U. of Pittsburgh borrow techniques from the business world to offer advice to managers of academic libraries undergoing changes compelled by both internal and external factors. Supported by case studies of two university libraries, chapters discuss the reasons for change, short term vs. long term solutions, the theoretical underpinnings of change, strategies for embedding and perpetuating alterations, the pros and cons of using teams, how to stand up to scrutiny and plan for the future, and barriers to change, among other topics.
Reference & Research Book News

If only this book was generally considered required reading in the field! And I didn’t even have to purchase the book (used the library of course).
John Potter


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