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  • Toward a Rational and Sustainable Division of Labor for the Preservation
           of Knowledge
    • First page: 166
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose The article proposes a rational and Sustainable Division of Labor for the Preservation of Knowledge. Design/methodology/approach The paper is a viewpoint. 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 will be 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 them will not be solved by new technologies alone. But the discussion needs to move beyond dated, late 20th century strategies like mass digitization of books and “web archiving”.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-06T11:22:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0040
  • Hopes and Sighs: The Swiss Cooperative Storage Facility
    • First page: 170
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose The paper presents 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 second worldwide, and the depth and detail of the evaluation phase is new.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-06T11:22:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0037
  • Comparing the Knowledge Management Practices in Selected European Higher
           Education Libraries
    • First page: 182
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, 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 knowledge management 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 aim of the 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 Library (UAB) Barcelona, Spain and University of Eastern Finland Library (UEF), 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 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. Originality/value KM implementation studies are still rare among the libraries.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-06T11:22:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2015-0068
  • Library Strategic Environment in the Public Cultural Service System in
           China---A Case Study of Yunnan Province
    • First page: 195
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, 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 study aims 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 analysed 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: 2016-06-06T11:21:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2016-0013
  • Stating the problem: the grammar of Repositories
    • First page: 210
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, 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 isn’t or that licensed access to the content is not always available. The Lyons 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. This paper will explore the many interfaces here. By understanding this paradox of print and digital we should see the future of our 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: 2016-06-06T11:22:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2016-0007
  • Knowledge Management Framework to the University Libraries
    • First page: 221
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose This paper proposes 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 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 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). In addition, the perspective used to characterizing university libraries (as Complex Adaptive Systems) was well accepted by the tool evaluators. Research limitations/implications The proposed framework is focused 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: 2016-06-06T11:22:02Z
      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
    • First page: 237
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose Describe and discuss challenges for repository libraries Design/methodology/approach . Findings . Originality/value .
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-06T11:22:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-03-2016-0018
  • Cultivating Leadership in Asian Libraries: A Longitudinal Impact Study
    • First page: 243
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose This article describes 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 focusing 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: 2016-06-06T11:21:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2016-0012
  • Extended and experimenting: library learning commons service strategy and
    • First page: 265
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, June 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of writing this case study 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: 2016-06-06T11:22:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0028
  • Collection development or data-driven content curation? An exploratory
           project in Manchester
    • First page: 275
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 4/5, 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 paper aims 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 is 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: 2016-06-06T11:21:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0044
  • Erratum
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2016.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:06:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-03-2016-140
  • Sustainable growth with sustainable resources: Using change management,
           participative consultation, and grassroots planning for a new future
    • First page: 114
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2016.
      Purpose Libraries are situated in an ever-changing research, teaching, learning, and scholarly communications environment. Faculty and students have new and different expectations that are compelling libraries to expand their offerings. At the same time, their broader institutions are also facing changing times and academic libraries are being asked to demonstrate value and justify the use of limited and high-demand resources. In order to address the resulting challenge, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Library undertook a process to deliver relevant and responsive (and, therefore, reflective and adaptable) library services while working within its current librarian complement. Significant changes were necessary for this to be successful: the librarians would need to undertake new responsibilities, learn new skills, and engage with learners and researchers in new ways. Design/methodology/approach The U of S Library chose to meet this challenge through a multi-part approach comprised of regular participative consultations with librarians and a grassroots-based planning process underpinned by change management methodology. Findings This approach resulted in widespread employee engagement, from initially clarifying the necessary change and throughout the change implementation. This led to a sense of ownership, responsibility, and accountability. Originality/value Change is difficult and often met with resistance. The U of S Library presents a case of successfully engaging library employees throughout a change process, demonstrating the importance of bringing together participative consultation, grassroots planning, and change management as a combined change implementation approach.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-05-13T11:19:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0022
  • Transforming library enquiry services: anywhere, anytime, any device
    • First page: 125
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2016.
      Purpose This paper outlines how the University of South Australia Library transformed its enquiry services by replacing fixed service desks with a blend of virtual and on demand services. Design/methodology/approach Outlines the drivers for change, implementation approach and partnerships developed in order to change practices and use technology to deliver proactive services. Findings The new model enables staffing and workflow efficiencies allowing the service to be delivered sustainably. It is anticipated that it will increase the Library’s visibility and accessibility in the physical and virtual environments and position the Library as an innovator in service delivery. Practical implications The project involved significant change to traditional practices and challenged long held beliefs about library services. It required library staff to be supported and trained to develop new skills and adapt to new practices. Originality/value Provides strategies and lessons learnt for other libraries considering similar changes to service delivery.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-05-13T11:19:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0021
  • Leaning into Sustainability at University of Alberta Libraries
    • First page: 136
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a case study that considers the links between cost avoidance, lean design and sustainability in relation to two different library projects at University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) - the design of the Research & Collections Resource Facility and the development of new fee-based library services at UAL’s John W. Scott Health Sciences Library. Design/methodology/approach This case study describes the analysis of each project’s workflows in relation to lean design in order to enhance processes and service delivery. Findings Findings to date in both of these ongoing projects suggest that consideration of the lean philosophy has already led to process and service improvements. With regard to the new building design project, revised task design is already resulting in significant savings in staff time and work space. And the staffing model for fee-based specialized services has already been redesigned, an alignment with lean principles. Research limitations/implications While this paper does discuss and define lean design, it does not provide a comprehensive summary of research in this area. Originality/value This paper highlights the value of lean design as a framework for designing, developing and reviewing academic library buildings, services, processes and workflows to ensure they are sustainable.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-05-13T11:19:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0023
  • Educating at scale: sustainable library learning at the University of
    • First page: 149
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2016.
      Purpose Most libraries in higher education are facing the challenge of providing valued and improved services with the same or fewer resources. Focusing on the library learning service at one university, this paper considers how libraries can find new service models with contracting resources while aligning with institutional and professional values and providing value-in-use for end users and key stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach Following a discussion of sustainability as relevant to library services, the paper presents a case study of one library’s approach to sustaining its library learning service. Findings The sustainability of library services is aided by developing a service blueprint that provides direction and structure yet is dynamic and responsive. To be successful the approach should be grounded in resource realities, encourage scalability where possible and address the values and needs of key stakeholders. Originality/value The paper presents a workable, integrated approach to managing a library learning service so that it delivers value and is sustainable.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2016-05-13T11:19:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2016-0020
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