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Journal Cover   Library Management
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  • Choice of Library and Information Science in a rapidly changing
           information landscape: a systematic literature review
    • Authors: Valentini Moniarou-Papaconstantinou, Evgenia Vassilakaki, Anna Tsatsaroni
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Library and Information Science (LIS) has for a long time tried to gain legitimacy. In an ever changing environment due to technological and economic developments, the motivations behind choice of LIS are still of great interest. This paper aims to provide a systematic review of studies investigating the motivations that determine the choice of LIS. Design/methodology/approach Different search terms were run on different but relevant databases. A number of inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied and in total 45 papers were judged as relevant to choice of LIS discipline. A thorough analysis of these papers’ content revealed three main themes: 1) Choice of LIS, 2) Choice of LIS specialty, and 3) Career change to LIS. Findings A variety of different motivations for choosing LIS were identified. The same motivations were reported in all groups (high school students, students, professionals). Specifically, love of books and reading, nature of library work, desire to help people were among the most reported motivations. LIS was also chosen as a second career by different professionals mainly due to changes in their first career work environment, the nature of library work, the desire to use knowledge and the transferable skills in their new career. Research limitations/implications This study considered only peer- reviewed research published between 2000 and 2014 in English. Specifically, it focused on the motivations that specific groups chose to study LIS both as first and second career. Practical implications Library schools could raise awareness among high school students regarding the value, role and importance of Library and Information Science. Originality/value This paper examines the factors influencing the choice of LIS in a changing information environment, and sheds light on the individuals' decision-making process attracted to LIS.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2015-0022
  • “Library spaces in the 21st century—meeting the challenges of
           user needs for information, technology, and expertise”
    • Authors: Robert A Seal
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Libraries and library professionals face multiple challenges in meeting user needs in the second decade of the new millennium. This is particularly true in academic libraries where students and faculty demand and expect fast, easy, and seamless access to information as well as flexible, comfortable places to work alone was well as collaboratively with colleagues, friends, classmates, and instructors. These same patrons often require the assistance of information specialists to navigate a library’s increasingly large array of online resources. Design/methodology/approach This paper provides historical context and reviews recent trends in the area in the area of learning and study spaces in academic libraries. It also cites the successful Information Commons at the author’s home institution, Loyola University Chicago, examining its first six years of operation and projecting changes in its next half decade. Findings The past fifteen plus years have seen a major shift in philosophy in the U.S. and in other parts of the globe in terms of the importance of “library as space” in enhancing the role of the college and university library. As a result, academic institutions, at the urging of librarians, have created spaces known as information commons, learning commons, research commons, etc. in response to user needs for 1) access to technology, 2) group work, 3) social interaction, and 4) knowledge creation. Originality/value The information commons in all its forms has not been static, indeed it has matured, adapting over time to changing technologies, patron needs, and pedagogies.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2014-0136
    • Authors: Maryam Nakhoda, Samaneh Rahimian
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to study promoting and inhibiting factors in empowerment of female librarians in the opinion of female managers. It is necessary that library managers identify and monitor influential factors in empowering librarians, and attempt to eliminate factors with negative effects. Design/methodology/approach This study is conducted in a phenomenological approach, which relies on in-depth interviews among 9 female managers of top public library in Tehran. Data was collected via semi-structured interviews. Qualitative thematic analysis method was used for analysis of data. Findings Interviews analysis revealed that job skills, participation and teamwork, role resolution, access to information, motivation, role modeling, recognition and appreciation were among the effective factors in empowerment of female librarians. On the other hand, poor organizational communication system, negative attitudes toward staff, and instructional management style were among the inhibiting factors in empowerment of female librarians in the opinion of female public library managers. Originality/value Results of the present study can help managers of public libraries to identify factors affecting empowerment of female librarians’ .Also the findings can be used in managers’ planning and decision making process.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2015-0059
  • Decision-making Experiences of Public Library CEOs: A Study Exploring the
           Roles of Interpersonal Influence and Evidence in Everyday Practice
    • Authors: Cheryl Stenstrom
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and describe the decision-making practices of public library managers in the context of interpersonal influence and evidence-based information sources, and to investigate the relationship between models of evidence-based practice and interpersonal influence in the decision-making process of public library managers. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected through short audio blog posts participants made about their everyday decisions and coded considering the facets of three existing evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) models as well as the facets of interpersonal influence. Findings The findings show that public library CEOs decision-making behaviours reflect the use of a variety of practices from analytical to intuitive as is expected of managers in any sector; however, a stronger reliance on gathering objective information may be present than in other sectors. Seeking multiple sources of information and a tendency toward rationalism may indicate a more sophisticated approach to decision making, but be less indicative of the practices employed more broadly. A possible outcome of these tendencies may result in discordance with external partners and collaborators. Practical implications The findings from this study may inform the work of associations, LIS educators and library managers in developing strategic directions and instructional strategies within their organizations. It is also the first study to jointly examine models of interpersonal influence and evidence-based decision-making practices in any field. Originality/value While the study of the decision-making practices of various groups is growing, little previous research has been conducted with public library managers, and none has been undertaken in Canada.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-07-2015-0053
    • Authors: Colin Storey
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Constructing academic library learning spaces involves ad hoc groups of agents often with fuzzy inter-relationships. Librarians and their user communities are initially hailed within these groups as prime-movers in realizing projects. Librarians bring to the table contagious ideas generated from their own profession in the hope of securing appropriate funding and planning prerequisites. All other agents, be they internal community representatives or external architects, assist them in making sense of each other’s standpoints to co-create dynamic learning spaces in ‘commons consent’. Design/methodology/approach Using the community culture in The Chinese University of Hong Kong as existed in 2012 as a case study, this paper examines the reality of this process in terms of a new library for learning, teaching and research. Findings Can librarians hold sway over the priorities of other individual agents, particularly architects, to gain consent to build their initial concept of the Commons which they are vigorously promoting as professionally valid and educationally potent? In the co-creation of a building, individual preferences and organizational power structures in ad hoc groups drawn from the university’s distinct cultural environment fuel compromise and even tension around the librarians’ and architects’ original visions. Research limitations/implications Many other case studies of library building learning commons projects would be useful to add to these findings in sensemaking, co-creation and community cultures. Practical implications Assists library managers in their management of large buildings projects Originality/value An original case study of a major Asian academic library learning commons project which involves sensemaking, co-creation and community cultures ideas imported from construction science.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2014-0057
  • Hong Kong JULAC Common Library Card
    • Authors: Venia Y.M. Mak, Diana L. H. Chan, Ki-Tat Lam, Y.O. Li
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose This paper describes a collaborative project on issuing a library card for common access among all eight higher education libraries in Hong Kong. Design/methodology/approach The project was undertaken by two committees and a task force of cross-institutional membership. The new common library card adopts the “patron-record-on-demand model”, reducing the risks involved in patron data transfer across institutions. Historical narrative combined with usage analysis from the launch date of the project was outlined. Findings The new common library cards were well received. About 63% of old cards were replaced by new ones. New applications jumped 43% while physical access to host libraries increased by 8% during the reporting period. Originality/value This paper describes in detail the processes of developing a common barcode, an automated card registration system and the issuing of the common library cards. Libraries pursuing an efficient way of sharing library resources will be inspired by the level of collaboration involved in this project.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2015-0031
  • Reducing library space can promote the shift from storage of
           print-collections towards a learning-centre without limiting the access to
    • Authors: Mia Haapanen, Pirkko Kultamaa, Tuulevi Ovaska, Kirsi Salmi
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Libraries have changed due to many things, one of them being the shift from printed to electronic resources. Libraries become learning centres, providing more space for customers and less for stacks. Though information seeking habits have changed, especially students need places for studying and group-work. In the case of Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) Medical Library the shift has been influenced by space requirements for other hospital functions. The reduction of current physical space has led to revised collection policy that is now taking its final steps when the library is preparing to move to a new space. Design/methodology/approach Firstly, a 650 m2 library space was remodelled to a 450 m2 without major negative effects on services. Secondly, the hospital has assigned the medical library a new location where a new library space and learning centre will be renovated. Less space for print collections means that reliable delivery from print resources is crucial. Findings Due to the merger of two universities’ collections to one multi-campus collection and to quick delivery service from the National Repository Library (NRL) as well as good logistic services we are able to provide our customers with a possibility to use wide collections even if our own print-collections are small. Research limitations/implications The paper describes the collection policy and the service model of one library. Originality/value Small visible collections can be a challenge as the shelves are few. Creating awareness through marketing is essential. Campaigns, QR codes, big screens, user education, social media, and everyday individual guidance are among our tools of creating wider awareness.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0051
    • Authors: Nathalie Vallet
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the interaction between the local policy context and the strategic role of public libraries within urban networks or partnerships aiming for the future development and innovation of cities. Design/methodology/approach An explorative case-study design in ten Flemish public libraries (i.e. Kortrijk, Sint-Niklaas, Turnhout, Geel, Maaseik, Dendermonde, Knokke-Heist, Hemiksem-Schelle, Balen and Boortmeerbeek-Haacht). Findings The findings are twofold. On the one hand the research results identify three categories of emerging “threats” and “opportunities” being (i) the strategic dilemmas between local policy priorities, (ii) the trends in policy frameworks, and (iii) the bottlenecks in needed methods and competences of local policy actors . On the other hand the research results also uncover three public library strategies to cope with these challenges, being (i) the professionalization of their own strategic management profile, (ii) the exploration and mapping of “the others”, and (iii) the initiatives taken to actively craft and design the strategic partnership themselves. Practical implications This paper provides unique and interesting insights on how the changing local policy context in Flanders prevents (“threats”) and stimulates (“opportunites”) the formation, development and acknowledgment of strategic partnerships of public libraries, and on how the public libraries involved encounter these challenges. Originality/value It is the only study in Flanders providing empirical information on the interaction between the changing local policy context and the strategic partnerships of public libraries.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2015-0026
  • Trust Me: The Keys to Success in Cooperative Collections Ventures
    • Authors: Deborah Lynn Jakubs
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Cooperation among research libraries is a venerable pursuit with a long history. The purpose of this article is to examine three collaborative tools and programs ranging from the late 1970s to the present to identify the promise of each as well as the challenges, the factors that both facilitate and interfere with true cooperation, highlighting the lessons learned. Design/methodology/approach The author analyzes the development and functions of the Conspectus of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), the Global Resources Program (GRP) of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Triangle Research Libraries Network in the state of North Carolina, USA. Findings While the goals of collaborative collections initiatives are laudable, it is often difficult to accomplish true, balances, and lasting cooperation that results in both expanded access and financial reallocation. Originality/value The study is a first-hand, inside look at the methods and mechanisms of cooperative collection development that offers suggestions for future partnerships on either a small or a large scale.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:28:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2015-0058
  • Public library managers' descriptions of political attention
    • Authors: Katarina Michnik
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose Public library issues are often described as being of low political priority. Yet circumstances differ for different communities; public library issues may receive varying political attention. This article’s purpose is to study how Swedish public library managers describe local politicians’ attention to public library issues and to identify which municipal circumstances, such as political organization, population, and finances, seem to matter for how local politicians’ attention is described. Design/methodology/approach The empirical data were collected through a web-based questionnaire sent to all public library managers in Sweden. To identify the described political attention, a content analysis was done. A multinominal logistic regression analysis was performed to analyze the municipal circumstances that seem to matter for how political attention is described. Findings A small majority of public library managers described the local political attention as strong or quite strong. Three factors seem to matter for how the attention is described: political organization, existence of a library plan, and population size. In the discussion personal factors, such as the politicians’ personal interest and public library managers’ experience, are brought up as possibly being of considerable importance. Originality/value Several studies have been conducted on how politicians perceive public libraries; in these studies, the politicians are mainly treated as a unified group. This article shows that the political approach to public library issues is described as different in different municipal circumstances.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:27:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2015-0013
  • Evidence based organizational change: people surveys, strategies and
    • Authors: J. Stephen Town
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a case study of the use of people surveys to enact change in human capital organisation and practices in a University library. Design/methodology/approach The study covers seven years of people surveys and the consequent interventions applied based on this and other data and evidence at the University of York, UK. The case describes measurement of staff’s lived experience, leading to innovation and intervention in management strategies, structures, and policies. The research employs a mixed methodology; the paper draws on quantitative evidence from surveys, qualitative evidence from focus groups and desk research on human capital measurement and emotion in the workplace. Findings The paper describes the findings of investigations across seven years, discusses the available methods for people assessment, and the different theoretical foundations of the engagement, climate and excellence surveys used across the period. Strategic and structural interventions are described and their effectiveness discussed. Research limitations/implications The limitations of research in the field of human capital are discussed, including the participant observation of the library director, together with the potential confounding factors affecting data collected during the period of research. Originality/value The originality and value of the paper is that it provides a unique long-term case study of people surveys, strategy and structure in an academic research library.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-11-10T11:27:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2015-0060
  • Social Capital and Leadership in Academic Libraries: The Broader Exchange
           around ‘Buy In’
    • Authors: Timothy M. Schlak
      First page: 394
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is to introduce the concept of social capital to the literature on academic libraries as it pertains to leadership and management as well as to demonstrate the limitations that the current discursive use of the phrase ‘buy in’ represents. Design/methodology/approach This article brings critical insights from outside fields of intellectual inquiry, including Business, Knowledge Management, Computer and Information Systems, and Sociology. The paper is organized around a series of questions posed at the end of the introduction and serves to introduce its audience to the key findings made in these fields as well as to apply relevant observations about social capital to the unique context of leadership and management in academic libraries. Findings The article elucidates a number of limitations to the current practice of using the phrase ‘buy in’ as a way of exploring the concept of social capital. The most significant risk that the phrase’s use incurs is a lack of context and clarity around critical concepts of leadership, including trust, trustworthiness, and shared vision and meaning. Originality/value This article argues that a broader contextualization of ‘buy in’ in the scholarship on social capital can lead to a richer dialogue that allows academic library administrators to understand the concurrent and competing factors that accompany an exchange where ‘buy in’ is given or withheld.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:55:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2014-0133
  • Investigations about new methods of library marketing in Chinese
           “985” Project Universities
    • Authors: Li Si, Xiaoqin Hua, Xiaozhe Zhuang, Wenming Xing
      First page: 408
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose Under the new technological environment, academic libraries meet an extremely intense competition in offering information services, and marketing becomes an important means to attain the goal of their sustainable development. To get an overview of library marketing in Chinese “985” Project Universities, we undertook a survey on each library of “985” Project Universities released on the website of Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. And then we identified some successful practices based on the survey. Design/methodology/approach Firstly, the content of each web site, along with the individual hyperlinks and categories that every library web site has, were browsed to check the availability of the categories. Secondly, the search function of each library was explored using terms like “blog”, “video”, and “tutorial” to retrieve information about services. Thirdly, the Google search engine was used to retrieve information from Renren, microblog and YouTube accounts combining with the name of each library. And then we consult reference librarians about marketing methods and tools applied in their libraries with real-time online reference services. Findings This paper suggests that 29 libraries are exploiting video marketing, which is the most widely used marketing methods, accounting for 74.36%. Mobile library marketing and microblog marketing are another two major application among the 39 “985” Project Universities libraries in China, respectively accounting for 69.23% and 58.97%. Originality/value The paper reveals that there are some deficiencies lying in the marketing of these libraries: characteristic resources in Really Simple Syndication (RSS) are insufficient, video themes turn to be traditional and plain, network media marketing is relatively uncommon, and mobile library marketing is limited to mobile messaging services. It may fill in the gap of better understanding the relationship between the traditional information services and modern services from users’ perspective. It is instructive for libraries to systematically summarize success or failure experience of other library marketing, and keep an innovative concept and global vision.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T02:00:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2014-0085
  • Knowledge Transferred through Organizational Stories: A Typology
    • Authors: Monica Colon-Aguirre
      First page: 421
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose This study looks at organizational stories shared among academic librarians who work at the reference desk, and creates a typology of the stories based on the knowledge transferred in these. Previous research suggests that stories are the main way in which organizations communicate common values, organizational rules and promote organizational learning. The main question researched here will be: What kind of knowledge is transferred through the stories shared among librarians? This is an important consideration since the meaning carried through the story can shape the employee’s perception of the organization. Design/methodology/approach This research employed long interviews using a semi-structured questionnaire based on the works of Yiannis Gabriel (2000) as a guide. A total of 20 reference librarians working at four different academic institutions in the southern United States participated in this study. Findings The analysis of the data reveals a typology of organizational stories shared. The main topics covered by the stories all deal with cultural knowledge exchanges, while also serve as coping mechanisms and present important organizational culture aspects. The stories shared also reflect negative aspects related to the lack of proper communication within the organizations, with the presence of rumors among the narratives shared. Originality/value These findings can serve as a first step for the development of healthier organizational cultures in libraries and may have implications for training and development, change management, motivation and collective memory.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:54:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2014-0073
  • Succession Planning Process that Includes Visible Minority Librarians
    • Authors: Maha Kumaran
      First page: 434
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to stress the importance of including visible minority librarians in the process of succession planning in academic libraries. In Canada visible minorities is the accepted term used for librarians of color. This paper identifies the challenges faced by these librarians in putting their names forward for administrative / leadership positions and proposes ideas on how to include these librarians in the succession planning processes so the leadership/administrative pool can also reflect the multicultural student demographics. Design/methodology/approach This paper is an extensive study of the literature on succession planning and visible minority or ethnic librarians in the academic libraries. Literature shows that the senior administration of academic libraries does not reflect the population demographic it serves. Findings This paper shows that visible minority librarians are not proactively found, recruited, retained. They are certainly not being included in succession planning processes. It suggests that academic libraries follow certain processes and strategies to include these librarians in their succession planning. Research limitations/implications The paper focuses widely on North American visible minorities, but this information is applicable to any community with visible minorities. Practical implications Libraries can start thinking about creating strategies for including visible minority libraries in their succession planning processes. Originality/value This paper addresses a gap in the literature. Literature review showed that there are no papers that speak to the importance of including minority librarians in the succession planning processes.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:59:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2014-0138
  • Quantifying Patron Time-Use of a Public Library
    • Authors: John Shepherd, Kaitlyn Vardy, Allan Wilson
      First page: 448
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose This article summarizes a time-diary study of a Canadian public library that estimated the hours spent by patrons using library facilities and circulated collections during a month. The purpose of the study was to convert conventional library statistics into a metric more understandable to external stakeholder groups: time. Design/methodology/approach Paper-based time-diaries collected data on the patron use of circulated library materials throughout the loans cycle and exit surveys measured the duration of branch visits. This data along with gate and circulation statistics were used to estimate hours of patron residency in library branches and the time spent consuming borrowed materials. Findings Patrons used the services, facilities and collections of Prince George Public Library’s Bob Harkins branch for an estimated 182,000 hours during August 2013. Over 90% of use occurred offsite through the consumption of circulated materials by diarists and secondary use of borrowed items by their families and friends. Practical implications Conventional statistics understate the utilization of public library resources as most of their use occurs outside the library branches, a different usage pattern than for other municipal services. This study suggests that all library use is potentially measurable using a single metric, hours of patron use. The value of a time metric, once methodologically sound, is its usefulness as a measure of library performance and its convertibility in dollars of direct value using contingent valuation methodology. Originality/value Time-diary methodology collected patron time-use data on public library circulated materials. The article demonstrates the potential of patron time-use as a metric of library performance. Hours of patron-use appear convertible into dollars of benefit using contingent valuation research.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:54:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2014-0110
  • Competencies for Public Library Managers: Diversity in Practice
    • Authors: Mary Wilkins Jordan
      First page: 462
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose This research was designed to identify competencies in common across public library managers. Design/methodology/approach The request for public library managers to participate in this survey was posted to the publib listserve. Participants were asked about the tasks they do regularly, to identify the skills currently seen as most important in their work. They were then given a list of competencies, and asked to identify those they felt were most important for current public library managers, for those in future managers. Findings Some commonalities emerged, but there was not a substantial amount of overlap between skills identified by directors and non-director managers as important now or into the future. Research limitations/implications Further research into managerial competencies focused on specific job titles is necessary to see what kinds of skills each may value. Likewise, a broader look at public library mangers may provide a better set of common competencies that will be useful for both training and hiring. Practical implications Understanding strategies for managerial competencies will be useful in building successful training programs. Originality/value This is an original study, building on other work I have carried out. The value is in
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T02:00:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2014-0139
  • Endangers Culture Heritage: A Survey of Disaster Management Planning in
           Middle East Libraries and Archives
    • Authors: Laila Hussein Moustafa
      First page: 476
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose This paper presents the results of a survey sent to librarians and archivists in national and academic libraries in the Middle East and North Africa and the results of 8 in-person interviews about the status and content of wartime disaster management plans in their institutions. Based on the research and analysis it presents, the paper concludes that the majority of the region’s libraries and archives either lack or have insufficient plans in place and stresses the need to establish and implement protocols for the protection and preservation of their priceless holdings. In addition to analysis the paper offers some recommendations for overcoming the impact of future disasters on the holdings of these libraries. Design/methodology/approach The research is based on survey and interviews that was done with librarians, archives, managers from the Middle East Findings The paper presented the result of trying to find if libraries, and archives has disaster planning or no. Most of the libraries do not have a disaster plan and maybe do not even know what it means. Research limitations/implications the research is covering some of the libraries in the middle east and it was meant to be send to every library and archive but at least to the national libraries of each country in the Middle East Originality/value No one has written about this topic, and my first paper was the scan of lit. Review of all what was written about disaster planning in a time of war. As a result of not finding anyone wrote about that topic, I deiced to conduct the survey and the interview to find out if there is a plan or no. My work is original and very important if we want to help in preserving the world heritage in the Middle East.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:54:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2015-0010
  • Keeping the score: outreach services and collaboration for academic music
           libraries in financially straitened times
    • Authors: Petros Kostagiolas, Charilaos Lavranos, Konstantina Martzoukou, Joseph Papadatos
      First page: 495
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose This paper aims to study the role of academic music libraries in financially straitened times. The academic music library aims to cover the information needs of the academic community; yet the unique nature of music information also allows academic libraries to develop services for a broad spectrum of different user groups. Design/methodology/approach The theoretical analysis is supported by empirical evidence from a nationwide survey in Greece. The survey was carried out from July to September 2013 and presents results from interviews with the directors of all academic music libraries in Greece. Findings The results suggest that the period of economic crisis is also a period of challenges and innovation for music libraries which calls them to redefine policies and priorities, and further consider the needs and expectations of wider audiences, i.e. musicians outside the academic community. The financial downturn can be seen as an opportunity for restructuring the academic music libraries and for the development of a wider framework of operation which calls for an outreach strategy and cooperation with external music associations and organizations. Originality/value It is one of the very few studies providing theoretical and empirical evidence linking academic music libraries to musicians and the significance of collaborative partnerships.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:55:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2014-0063
  • What do Acquisition Activities Really Cost? A Case Study in Estonian
           University Libraries
    • Authors: Kate-Riin Kont
      First page: 511
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, August 2015.
      Purpose The main purpose of this paper is to find out how well is time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) suits for a university library setting in Estonia. For this purpose, all activities related to acquisitions process were identified and recorded in detail, and the cost of all these activities related to acquisition process in Estonian university libraries based on the example of the time-driven activity-based costing method were anlyzed. Design/methodology/approach The data used in this paper is based on a review of relevant literature to provide an overview of the concept of the different cost accounting methods suitable for the measurement of the acquisition process. Through a case study, conducted among Estonian university libraries, the TDABC approach was used to analyse the acquisition process in university libraries. More specifically, the acquisition process studied concerned print format books, audiovisual documents and sheet music, and covered acquisition processes such as receipt of orders, ordering documents, communication with bookshop (if necessary), receiving documents and communication with the customer. Findings On the basis of the current study it can be said the TDABC methodology seems to be one of the best tools for understanding cost behavior and for refining a cost system for university libraries. While analysing the results, it appeared that the difference in time and cost for acquiring a document can be remarkable and concerns both - acquiring foreign documents (documents from other countries) and acquiring domestic documents, and between the university libraries chosen for the current study. Originality/value The subject of cost accounting as a performance measurement method is in general an unexplored field in Estonian university libraries. Time guidelines for acquiring the documents were, however, quite common in the 1980s in the USSR, including Estonia. Soviet-wide regulatory documents were issued on all library work processes, but each library could still implement their own rules. In the1990s, the regulations were consigned to oblivion. Very few cost surveys involving different library activities have been carried out in Estonia and none have been published. Where such studies have been conducted, the results remain for internal use only.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-06-30T01:58:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2014-0137
  • Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
    • Pages: 535 - 536
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 535-536, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0036
  • Say It with Data: A Concise Guide to Making Your Case and Getting Results
    • Pages: 536 - 537
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 536-537, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0037
  • Data Management for Librarians
    • Pages: 537 - 538
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 537-538, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0048
  • The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Service,
           and Networks
    • Pages: 538 - 541
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 538-541, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0039
  • A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals
    • Pages: 541 - 543
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 541-543, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0038
  • Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals:
           Planning for the Future
    • Pages: 543 - 544
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 543-544, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0040
  • Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning: Policy Issues, the Workplace,
           Health and Public Libraries
    • Pages: 544 - 546
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 544-546, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0041
  • Social Media for Creative Libraries
    • Pages: 546 - 547
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 546-547, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0042
  • The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for
           Librarians and Information Professionals
    • Pages: 547 - 549
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 547-549, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0043
  • Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management
    • Pages: 549 - 550
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 549-550, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0044
  • Preserving Complex Digital Objects
    • Pages: 550 - 551
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 550-551, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0045
  • Designing a Successful KM Strategy - A Guide for the Knowledge Management
    • Pages: 551 - 553
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 551-553, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0046
  • More Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
    • Pages: 553 - 554
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 36, Issue 6/7, Page 553-554, August 2015.

      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2015-07-29T12:06:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-06-2015-0047
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