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  • Toward a rational and sustainable division of labor for the preservation
           of knowledge
    • Pages: 166 - 169
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 166-169, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to propose a rational and sustainable division of labor between national libraries and the information industry for the preservation of knowledge. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a based on remarks presented by the author at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the National Repository Library of Finland, held in Kuopio on May 21-22, 2015. Findings – Crafting a useful new role for libraries will require imagination and curatorial rigor, capabilities that the industry has found in the past, and can summon once again. No templates for such a role exist, but must be newly invented by the current generation of librarians. This is a tall order in an era of diminishing public funding for libraries and archives. But it will be essential if libraries are to continue to be key institutions of civil society. Originality/value – There are formidable challenges to ensuring a rational and sustainable division of labor for the preservation of knowledge and many of those challenges will not be solved by new technologies alone. But the discussion needs to move beyond dated, late twentieth century strategies like mass digitization of books and “web archiving”.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0040
  • Hopes and sighs: the Swiss Cooperative Storage Facility
    • Pages: 170 - 181
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 170-181, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the Swiss Cooperative Storage Facility, a high bay, high density, automated, and oxygen reduced off-site storage facility which serves five research libraries from the German speaking part of Switzerland; it opened in February 2016. Design/methodology/approach – It describes the complete process of evaluating and planning this innovative facility. Findings – It explains the way the cooperation of the five libraries in highly federalist Switzerland was achieved, what principles guided its organization, and how the libraries prepared their holdings for this off-site storage. It shows the construction as an ecologically driven green building with economical advantages. Originality/value – The project seems to be the second automated and oxygen-reduced library storage facility worldwide, after the British Library’s Additional Storage Buildings, and the depth and detail of the evaluation phase is new.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0037
  • Comparing the knowledge management practices in selected European higher
           education libraries
    • Pages: 182 - 194
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 182-194, June 2016.
      Purpose – Knowledge Management (KM) in libraries refers to the systematic management and control of knowledge as an important resource when producing high-quality library and information services. If one wishes to make the optimal use and dissemination of organizational and other work life related knowledge, then one needs to acquire appropriate KM tools and to adopt a systematic procedure for KM throughout the organization. This can exert an energizing effect on the lifelong learning of the libraries’ staff which is essential in today’s rapidly changing scientific information environment. The purpose of this paper is to analyze KM practices is selected higher education libraries. Design/methodology/approach – This qualitative research conducted in three academic libraries – IZUS/Universitätsbibliothek Stuttgart, Germany; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Library Barcelona, Spain; and University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Library, Finland – makes a comparison of the KM processes being implemented in each of the institutions to ensure the continuous learning of the libraries’ staff. Findings – This comparative study revealed several key reasons and best practices for implementing KM procedures in the selected university libraries. They are collected under three main issues: KM advantages; KM technological opportunities; and KM organizational culture. Research limitations/implications – Based on three cases and thus are mainly examples of the KM implementation. Practical implications – Paper gives tools for libraries and their management on the KM system implementation. Social implications – Based on the paper’s findings the KM implementation in all the selected libraries led to better management and better staff inclusion into the library service development. Originality/value – KM implementation studies are still rare among the libraries.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2015-0068
  • Library strategic environment in the public cultural service system in
    • Pages: 195 - 209
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 195-209, June 2016.
      Purpose – China is currently constructing the public cultural service system on a national scale. Library strategic environment problems, such as the status of library in the public cultural service system, the relationship with relevant public cultural service institutions/organizations, and the factors influencing library development, etc., which increasingly raise people’s concern. The purpose of this paper is to solve above mentioned problems. Design/methodology/approach – This paper used online and offline questionnaires to solicit feedback from public cultural service institutions/organizations. Based on the data from questionnaires, this paper analyzed library strategic environment in the public cultural service system in mainland China by adopting correlation analysis, mean analysis and factor analysis, etc. Findings – Stakeholders (relevant public cultural service institutions) highly valued the status of library and no respondents believed that library did not belong to the public cultural service system. Compared with competing relationship between enterprises, library and relevant cultural services institutions were partners rather than competitors. Three main factors that influenced library strategic planning were identified: internal conditions factors, external environment factors and stakeholder related factors. Research limitations/implications – There are some limitations of this thesis. For instance, the sample size is not large enough and respondents are confined to cities, which may reduce the generalizability of the findings. Originality/value – Through this analysis, library can learn more of national cultural environment in China, and take necessary measures to cope with these changes.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:27:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2016-0013
  • Stating the problem: the grammar of repositories
    • Pages: 210 - 220
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 210-220, June 2016.
      Purpose – Libraries face a “selling” job on the relationship between print and digital as the mode of delivery for content. Too often it is limply said that “everything is on the web” when we know that it is not or that licensed access to the content is not always available. The Lyon’s Declaration promotes freedom of access to information, yet libraries live and work with this paradox. How will the ambitions of the Lyon Declaration be met? So while it is ironic that everything is said to be on the web while it is not, we have powerful evidence of their dynamic purpose and value. This conference series has dealt with this confronting riddle, evolving and refining, but not quite finding the defining moment. The purpose of this paper is to explore the many interfaces here. By understanding this paradox of print and digital we should see the future of the repositories and libraries more clearly and position them more exactly. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the rich divergence of responses to the use and development of repositories and proposes future directions. It is an experiential paper as well as one guided by future planning perspectives. Findings – There is a need for a reconceptualisation of the role of print repositories blending in digital solutions together with the more traditional solutions. There is also a strong need for repositories to collaborate internationally in order to be able to render their own work and collections valid and effective in a much wider context. Originality/value – This paper is a series of observations and lessons. It is an extension of practical and managerial work in developing and managing repositories and their collections both in Australia and in Hong Kong. It is a collection views designed to stimulate and potentially guide library practitioners who are thinking and working in this area.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2016-0007
  • Knowledge management framework to the university libraries
    • Pages: 221 - 236
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 221-236, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to propose a knowledge management framework for university libraries (named GC@BU). The framework consists of three modules: knowledge management coordination; knowledge resources; and learning commons, and uses as theoretical assumptions the design of an university library (developed for the context of the framework), the standards for libraries in higher education of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the characterization of the university library as a complex adaptive system (CAS). Design/methodology/approach – This framework was structured by a literature review and based on models, methodologies and existing frameworks, being afterwards evaluated through focus groups composed of managers of university libraries, resulting in an enhanced version. Findings – After evaluation, the GC@BU framework showed to be easy to apply in the context for which it was created (university libraries). It is noteworthy that in addition to the knowledge management application, the GC@BU reinforces the importance of concerning for the quality and the services, since it uses as a parameter the standards of the ACRL. In addition, the perspective used to characterizing university libraries (as CASs) was well accepted by the tool evaluators. Research limitations/implications – The proposed framework is focussed on university libraries, but its use in other contexts should not be dismissed as long as the manager makes the necessary adjustments for this purpose. Practical implications – Since knowledge management is an intangible element, its application and benefits are not easy to conceive. This tool provides the implementation of knowledge management in university libraries, and knowledge is considered from different approaches (from the user, the collaborator, the library collection). Besides, the tool is arranged so (in modules and verification criteria) as to allow the manager to administer the library as a whole, from the point of view of knowledge management. Originality/value – This study is considered innovative and applicable on the global stage of university libraries, because despite being evaluated by Brazilian managers it uses international standards and has a strong ability to adapt to different contexts.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2016-0005
  • The CTLes as the centerpiece of a national action in adding greater value
           to collections and optimising their dissemination
    • Pages: 237 - 242
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 237-242, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and discuss challenges for repository libraries. Design/methodology/approach – Critical analysis of current provisions. Findings – Print repositories are undergoing tremendous change as their role is not limited anymore to a remote store for frozen collections. They innovate, reinventing themselves, in order to be changed into a key player in streamlining the management of printed material, especially less used materials. Originality/value – Identifies five areas of collaboration.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-03-2016-0018
  • Cultivating leadership in Asian libraries: a longitudinal impact study
    • Pages: 243 - 264
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 243-264, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe a study aimed at assessing the impact of the only recurring Asian library leadership institute on its participants. Design/methodology/approach – A review of the literature focussing on similar longitudinal studies was first conducted followed by a survey of past participants aimed at utilizing a self-evaluation approach. Findings – The study found it difficult to establish a conclusive cause and effect link between institute attendance and the subsequent changes in participants’ professional lives. Nevertheless the study provides compelling evidence that the institute has enhanced participants’ leadership skills, knowledge and insights and thus contributed directly or indirectly to changes in respect of their career progression, involvement in leadership activities and changes at their respective organizations. Research limitations/implications – Like other similar longitudinal studies on library leadership training, the inconclusive nature of findings suggests that further analysis of participants might be undertaken through a qualitative approach in the form of focus group interviews with the participants and over a time period less than the ten years used in the study. Practical implications – Survey respondents provided overwhelming support for the institute providing organizers with the motivation to continue to provide this opportunity to librarians in the Asia region. Originality/value – As the only Asian library leadership training of its kind, this study has delivered a unique set of data that provides perspectives that have not been previously documented.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:27:37Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2016-0012
  • Extended and experimenting: library learning commons service strategy and
    • Pages: 265 - 274
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 265-274, June 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to share a compelling example of a library’s willingness to develop and design itself as an open-ended process. Design/methodology/approach – The case study provides a historical review of the library’s founding design, and an overview of the process and approach to redesign. The study contextualizes the library within current academic library research and literature. Findings – This paper explores the research, engagement and planning process behind the library’s exploration of new models and service configurations. The project was an engaged, inclusive, transparent, library-led process. The commons reestablishes the library as the “nerve center” of the campus. Originality/value – The paper offers an update to a 1969 report, and later book by Robert Taylor on the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College, designed as a prototype of an academic library. This paper will be of value to academic librarians, administrators, and historians.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0028
  • Collection development or data-driven content curation? An exploratory
           project in Manchester
    • Pages: 275 - 284
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, Page 275-284, June 2016.
      Purpose – Collection development in a post-subject librarian age needs to be done differently; utilising data, metadata, analytical tools and automation more fully may offer new possibilities. The purpose of this paper is to report and evaluate an exploratory project into new techniques for collection development at the University of Manchester Library. Design/methodology/approach – The project employed a cross-team approach where a relatively large number of staff tried some innovative and experimental approaches to individual aspects of a large and complex task in a large, research-intensive university library. The overriding aim was to exploit data to support decision making and to push automation as far as possible. Findings – The quality of (meta)data remains a huge hindrance to data-driven approaches. A proper understanding of usage data is an urgent but intractable issue. Human input and relationships are still important. Data are nothing without analysis, and many librarians currently lack the data fluency to work confidently in a world of dynamic content curation. Practical implications – Librarians need both to re-skill and to change their self-identification and the philosophy that underlies it if they are to achieve confident, data fluency. Originality/value – The University of Manchester Library was one of the first libraries in the UK to make a thoroughgoing structural change from subject-based to functional teams. This paper will be of value to other libraries moving in this direction, and to those looking to make more use of data-driven decision making in collections management.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-28T02:28:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0044
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