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Library Management    [561 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0143-5124
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.646]   [H-I: 10]
  • Seeing the trees through the forest: Centralising collection management at
           academic libraries in Hong Kong
    • Authors: (Brian Minihan)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – Collaborative efforts in academic library collection management and development are frequent topics in library literature. This paper aims to analyse the nature of collaborative projects among Hong Kong academic libraries, with a view to whether further synchronisation of collection management is likely or not. Design/methodology/approach – By comparing collaboration, as defined in the academic library literature from the 1970s to the present, to the status of current collaboration in academic libraries in Hong Kong, the local outlook for collaborative collection decisions among an eight-member library consortium was analysed. The ramification of local weeding projects and collection management decisions without a joint storage facility and its associated communication benefits regarding collection management decisions are detailed. Findings – Hong Kong academic libraries will all need to communicate clearly to one another and agree on local strategies before they can expect to build up to see any benefits from collaboration in collection management and development. Originality/value – Although many of the themes have been touched upon before, in an Asian context it is useful to emphasize that success in collaboration is not dependent on budgets and resources alone.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • From union catalogue to fusion catalogue: How collaborative cataloguing
           might be initiated and implemented in the Hong Kong context
    • Authors: (Patti P.C. Cheung; Maria L.C. Lau)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reflect The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library's catalogue evolution as a result of electronic resources cataloguing and how collaborative cataloguing could be implemented in the context of Hong Kong. Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines the challenges faced by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library and the need to find alternative way to catalogue e-books come in large batches. It describes in particular the cataloguing of Chinese e-books in collaboration with the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS). Findings – Different cataloguing data set are inevitably blended into the library catalogue to be used by users. Still, collaboration is feasible when libraries are ready to make compromise and accept variances in the library catalogue. Originality/value – The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library is the first library in Hong Kong to work collaboratively with CALIS to batch convert its records for cataloguing of Chinese e-books. The paper is useful for librarians exploring new source for Chinese cataloguing or collaborative initiatives with libraries in China.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Leadership for future libraries
    • Authors: (Steve O'Connor)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – Leadership is always important but is especially important at times of rapid and even fundamental change. The purpose of this paper is to discuss and evidence the changes and decisions facing librarians in our world against the backdrop of international disrupted business models for libraries. The traditional mode of operation for libraries is changing dramatically in order to stay relevant and connected to our library users. This paper will aim to explore future leadership styles which will be required for special librarians. This will be set in the context of the NextGen Leadership program which this author established and conducted across Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. The paper will also seek to draw on the author's experiences seeking new scenario futures for special libraries in Australia. Design/methodology/approach – This paper will explore future leadership styles which will be required for special librarians. This will be set in the context of the NextGen Leadership program which this author established and conducted across Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. It will also draw on the author's experiences seeking new scenario futures for special libraries in Australia. Findings – The evaluation of the Next Gen Leadership program is reviewed in this paper. Research limitations/implications – The implications are that librarians need programs such as Next Gen in order to be able to test new ways of adopting management behaviours. These new ways of operating can be tested through programs such as Next Gen which operate over a lengthy period of time. Practical implications – It is crucial that existing managers of academic libraries establish these leadership programs into the future as a means of ensuring good succession planning. Originality/value – This is a genuinely original program spanning three countries/cities; Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. The opportunity for participants in this course to meet, inter-mingle and network into the future with similar colleagues is unique. The opportunities to test new modes of management in such a course, remote from the work environment, are of value to the management styles of each individual into the future.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Expert Internet Searching (4th ed.)
    • Authors: (Rickie-Lee Morey)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Not Your Ordinary Librarian: Debunking the Popular Perceptions of
    • Authors: (Penelope Campbell)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Records Management for Museums and Galleries: An Introduction (Chandos
           Information Professional Series)
    • Authors: (Marleene Boyd)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • The Information Society: A Study of Continuity and Change (6th ed.)
    • Authors: (Amanda Cossham)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library and Information Science
    • Authors: (Anthi Katsirikou)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • From the centralized national collection policy towards a decentralized
           collection management and resource sharing co-operation – Finnish
    • Authors: (Ari Muhonen; Jarmo Saarti, Pentti Vattulainen)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – Finland had a legislation-based centralized collection policy until the mid-1990s. The main components were national resource centers (selected higher education libraries) and provincial libraries (selected public libraries). This paradigm changed during the recession of the 1990s when new public management ideologies were adopted by the government. This ended the centralized model and a new policy favoring a decentralized collection management which demanded resource sharing. The models designated for the print-only age became obsolete also when the digital dissemination of especially scientific documents began to be the norm. The Finnish libraries have started to implement a new strategy consisting of different elements including a new model of library automation systems, the National Repository which is the hub for the resource sharing of print materials, digitization projects (to be especially implemented by the National Library) and with new policies defining the roles and responsibilities of each of the libraries involved. This article aims to describe the history of the Finnish centralized collection policy, its shift to the modern management of the collection as well as the philosophy and tools used in this work. Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes the evolution of the Finnish national collection policy and its main trends. Findings – The National Repository Library has enabled Finnish university libraries to focus their collection policies and to make savings in the cost of premises. A new business model for the digital era is needed for document sharing between libraries. Research limitations/implications – The paper is based on Finnish experiences. Practical implications – Models for national and international collection and preservation policies are presented. Originality/value – The paper provides proposals for the building of global division of work in the long-tail management of documents.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Initiatives towards formation of academic library consortium in Malaysia
    • Authors: (Hafsah Mohd; Rosnah Yusof, Rohaya Umar)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This paper aims to report on several initiatives towards formation of national consortium among academic libraries in Malaysia. The consortium focused on subscription of online databases. Design/methodology/approach – In July 2004, CDC on behalf of PERPUN members made several initiatives towards formation of national consortium of Malaysian academic libraries. Proposal paper on the formation of the consortium has been submitted to the Ministry of Higher Education. Through “loose consortia” formed, CDC and later known as Malaysian Online E-Resources Consortium (MOLEC) succeeded in negotiating for subscription of online databases and was able to get financial aid from the Ministry of Education to subscribe several databases since 2002. Findings – A commercial databases committee (CDC) was formed in year 2000 as a platform for academic libraries to evaluate, select, negotiate and manage the online databases. Complications involved in online databases subscriptions such as cost increase, license agreement, various formats of usage statistics, merger and takeover of publishers have made PERPUN (Malaysian Standing Conference of National and University Libraries) realize that there is a need for a formal consortium to be formed. Research limitations/implications – An improved service was established for the benefit of the academic libraries in Malaysia. Practical implications – A more coordinated approach to consortial dealings is being established in Malaysia. Originality/value – This is a report on the process and outcomes.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Leadership development to transform a library
    • Authors: (Jill Mierke)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This case study aims to explain why one Canadian academic library chose to design and deliver in-house leadership development training for its employees, rather than taking a consortial approach, and seeks to highlight the impact of this decision on the library's organizational culture. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is presented in three parts: the benefits and challenges of in-house, external and consortial training; the impact of an in-house leadership development program at the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan; and considerations when deciding whether to collaborate on the provision of employee training. The author draws upon her own personal experiences as the Director of Human Resources for the library, and presents evidence acquired through surveys, observations, and conversations. Findings – The paper explains how a deliberate decision to provide in-house leadership training had a transformative effect on individual employees and the organization. Practical implications – When considering collaborating to provide leadership development training, library administrators should ensure the pros and cons of doing so are thoroughly explored; the pressure to collaborate can sometimes lead to participation in activities simply to be seen as a “good library citizen,” and often such activities are not necessarily contributing to the strategic goals of the library. In economically challenging times, library leaders and decision makers will need to be very aware of these implications. Originality/value – This paper discusses why a library chose an in-house approach to leadership development training rather than a consortial approach. This article has value to library administrators as they consider implementing leadership development training in their libraries.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Academic library consortia in the Philippines: hanging in the balance
    • Authors: (Ana Maria Balenbin Fresnido; Joseph Marmol Yap)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The concept of academic library consortium emerged in the Philippines in the 1970s evidenced by the successive establishment of three consortia namely, the Academic Libraries Book Acquisition Services Association (ALBASA) in 1973, the Inter-Institutional Consortium (IIC) (now South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium) in 1974, and the Mendiola Consortium (MC) in 1975. This paper aims to find out the experiences and status of selected academic library consortia in the Philippines, namely, the Academic Libraries Book Acquisitions Systems Association, Inc. (ALBASA), the American Corners (also known as American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) in some areas), the Aurora Boulevard Consortium Libraries, Inc. (ABC), the Davao Colleges and University Network (DACUN), the Inter University Consortium (IUC), the Intramuros Library Consortium (ILC), the Mendiola Consortium (MC), the Ortigas Center Library Consortium (OCLC), and the South Manila Inter institutional Consortium (SMI-IC) specifically in terms of the objectives of the different consortia, the activities they undertake and how such relate to the set objectives, the benefits they have enjoyed or continue to enjoy, the issues they have encountered as well as success/failure factors experienced by libraries in joining the different consortia. Design/methodology/approach – The sample was derived from the review of literature, which also served as basis to come up with the list of existing academic library consortia. The respondents were selected based on the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) directory. Communication was sent via email, telephone, scheduled personal interview and social networking sites (e.g. Facebook). A total of 13 out of 23 (56.52 percent) respondents accomplished the survey questionnaires which were distributed online and manually. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the results. Findings – Results of the study revealed that the role academic library consortia play in the development of academic libraries is crucial particularly in the promotion of professional development and resource sharing. As technology greatly influences the way libraries do things, the varying level of technological development among consortium member libraries confirmed to be a major challenge being faced by them today. While majority of the surveyed consortia assessed themselves to be successful, it is evident that there is lack of congruence between the consortia's objectives and undertakings. Originality/value – The paper is a modest contribution to the dearth of literature in Philippine academic library consortia. It also is the first study conducted measuring the success of selected academic consortia and identifying the factors contributing to their success/failure.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Shared collections to shared storage: the CARM1 and CARM2 print
    • Authors: (Cathie Jilovsky; Paul Genoni)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This paper aims to provide a case study of the CARM (CAVAL Archival and Research Materials Centre) Centre, a print repository owned and managed by CAVAL, an Australian consortium of academic libraries, based in Melbourne, Australia. The history, business models and operations of the initial module, CARM1, which commenced operations in 1996 and the recently completed module, CARM2 are described. This is preceded by a review of literature addressing the issue of retained or ceded ownership of stored items, and is followed by a discussion of the trend from a shared collection to shared storage within a shared facility. Design/methodology/approach – The approach is descriptive and explanatory. CARM1 was designed for both operations and space utilisation to be managed as economically as possible. This was achieved by storing items in a high density configuration and the collection, now known as the CARM Shared Collection, being owned by the CAVAL consortium. In exploring options for an expanded facility in 2007, a shared storage facility was determined to best meet the qualitative needs of member libraries. This option minimised the set-up and operational costs and required the lowest initial capital. CAVAL constructed a second storage facility, CARM2 which began operations in late 2010. Findings – The CARM Centre demonstrates that variant models for storage configurations and collection ownership can co-exist and meet the differing needs of member libraries within one facility. The need for off-site storage and the terms and conditions under which member libraries are willing to accept it differ widely. CAVAL's approach has been, and continues to be, that each member library makes its own decision and that CAVAL's role to facilitate those decisions while retaining an approach that supports broad-based solutions, be this in the form of a fully integrated shared collection, or a co-ordinated and carefully managed shared storage facility. Originality/value – This paper will be of interest and value to other organisations or consortia with an interest in the development, business models, implementation and management of shared print repositories that respond to the needs and circumstances of their member libraries.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Consortial shared print archiving: perspectives from Canada
    • Authors: (Gwen Bird; Sabrina Wong)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This paper aims to present a Canadian perspective on consortial shared print programs among research libraries. Design/methodology/approach – This paper includes a brief environmental scan of shared print initiatives in Canada and the USA, as well as briefly mentioning shared print programs in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Hong Kong. The Shared Print Archive Network of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries in western Canada is used as a case study, to highlight the challenges and opportunities of shared print initiatives. Findings – The importance of a suitably streamlined governance structure for cooperative shared print projects is discussed. The challenge of national coordination in countries where there is no national policy or program is contrasted with those countries having national coordination of shared print or centralized repositories. The challenge of assessing the impact and effectiveness of shared print programs is also discussed. Originality/value – Cooperation between shared print initiatives in different regions will help bring about a culture change in collections management, from operating in isolated silos to open sharing of expertise and practices.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • JURA: a collaborative solution to Hong Kong academic libraries storage
    • Authors: (Peter Sidorko; Linda Lee)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss issues and concerns raised in a collaborative and cooperative central storage facility for Hong Kong academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach – The approach is to propose and to implement a joint storage business plan and a possibility of acting for others to consider similar storage facilities. Findings – Useful experiences have been gained while planning a central storage facility. Research limitations/implications – The proposed JURA project is for Hong Kong academic libraries. Practical implications – The sharing of JURA proposal to create a central storage will inform the libraries around the region of the benefits of having a useful facility in the long term. Originality/value – The paper will inform others wishing to set up collaborative storages on governance, storage systems, business plan, problems and issues in what is still a relatively unexplored approach to storage problems.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
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