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  • Charting the multi-dimensional role of future librarians
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to involve readers in an exercise in conceptualizing the library workplace of the future and how to prepare librarians to be successful in these future scenarios. Design/methodology/approach This paper introduces a visualization exercise that invites readers to contemplate the likelihood and desirability of five scenarios for libraries of the future. Readers are also invited to create a new scenario. Readers then can reflect on the skills and aptitudes librarians would need to have or acquire in order to succeed in one of the scenarios. The method involves visualization, reflection, and self-assessment. Findings The authors have tested this exercise in in-service training with public, academic, and special librarians as well as with students in graduate library and information science courses. The end result is deep conversation, engagement, and sharing. Research limitations/implications We have observations on the effectiveness of this future exercise with students and practicing librarians but did not structure its use as a research project. In years of attending conferences and delivering over 600 conference presentations we have yet to observe a similar future exercise being employed. Practical implications This exercise promotes reflection and discussion. It enables librarians to consider these scenarios on their own or in groups of varying sizes. It has application in understanding the complexity of futurism and how it might impact their future lives. And it emphases that individual librarians have some degree of independence in how they respond to change and, ultimately, a future much different from the present. Originality/value This paper introduces an original model for discussing many possible futures for libraries and for librarians to consider their roles in those futures.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:53Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2016-0097
       
  • The potential role of university libraries' manpower, collections,
           services, facilities and activities in promoting national security in
           times of crises in Upper Egypt
    • First page: 182
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose This study explores the potential role of South Valley University (SVU) libraries’ manpower, collections, and services in the fight against terrorism in Upper Egypt. Design/methodology/approach A quantitative research methodology was used in the form of a survey, which was undertaken from June to July 2015. The survey instrument was a self-administered questionnaire. The target population comprised the academic library staff (n= 127) working in SVU libraries who were contacted to answer the structured questionnaire, of whom 93 library staff responded and returned their valid questionnaires, representing 73.2% of the whole library staff in the SVU. Findings Demographically, two-thirds of the SVU library staff were males and a large number of them are aged between 26 to 40 years, and 79.6% have a bachelor's degree. The speciality of two-thirds of SVU library staff was library science, of whom a large number were librarians with lengthy work experience. This study showed that printed materials were the most adequate collections in the SVU libraries. Other materials, such as CDs/DVDs, audiovisual materials, microfilm and microfiche, online resources and electronic materials respectively, were inadequate at SVU libraries. Few of the services provided by SVU libraries were characterized as adequate services; some are inadequate and other services do not exist. The average of the facilities provided by SVU libraries was somewhat adequate. A large number of the library staff showed that facilities, such as the availability of the learning labs were, at least, adequate for their needs. Activities, such as holding social field trips, holding training workshops, and holding academic field trips were, at least, somewhat adequate to SVU libraries. Other activities were also described to be either inadequate, such as holding lectures, seminars, conferences, etc. and library orientation, or not applicable, such as activities related to bibliographic instruction. This study revealed that SVU libraries had no significant role in fighting the phenomenon of terrorism in Upper Egypt. There is no a reliable relationship between the professional characteristics of the SVU library staff and the potential role that their libraries may play in the fight against this phenomenon. Because of the lack of SVU libraries’ collections, services, facilities, and activities, this study concluded that such a role could not be achieved. Almost all the library staff admitted that this severe lack has affected the provision of library patrons and members of the library community to use these collections and services, which help in countering the threat of terrorism. Despite the significance of all these problems faced by SVU libraries in the fight against terrorism, it was found that the inadequacy of the librarys' open hours is significantly correlated with the professional characteristics of the library staff, particularly their job title and work experience. Research limitations/implications This study investigates the potential role of SVU libraries’ manpower, collections, and services in the fight against terrorism in Upper Egypt. It covers none of the other universities or any type of other library. Any findings and conclusions resulting from this study are limited in scope to only the libraries of this university. The size, convenience, and homogeneity of the sample may limit the generalizability of this study. The study was conducted with a survey approach, which was the most suitable research method technique to reach the community of the study. However, for further research, investigating more specific information about such or related topics, other methods/approaches should be used to investigate the potential role of the university library, as well as the other kinds of libraries, such as public and special libraries to combat terrorism. Practical implications This study provides valuable insight into the potential role the university library can have in the fight against terrorism in one of the most important countries hit recently by this brutal phenomenon. The study focuses on libraries of one of the regional universities called the South Valley University (SVU), located in the southern part of Egypt that is called the Upper Egypt. This deep part of Egypt is one of the places most affected by barbaric terrorism. The study tries to explore how much these libraries are ready to combat this terrorism in terms of sizable, suitable, accessible, qualified, and relevant collections, as well as services, facilities and activities provided by these libraries. Originality/value This study is to be the first one of its kind conducted in the Arab world where Egypt is located and one of the very few studies conducted on this topic in the world. The importance of this study strongly emanates from its subject that has dominated the obsession of all Egyptians living inside and outside Egypt over the past five years.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2016-0063
       
  • “YouthTalk”: positively engaging young people in Edinburgh
    • First page: 203
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose . Design/methodology/approach . Findings . Originality/value .
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2016-0090
       
  • Academic library innovation through 3D printing services
    • First page: 208
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose One of the most innovative library services recently introduced by public and academic libraries, the technology of 3D printing, has the potential to be used in multiple educational settings. The goal of the project described in this article was to examine how this novel library digital service motivates students’ learning, and to investigate managerial issues related to the introduction of 3D printing services at a medium-size urban community college library with restricted funding. Design/methodology/approach Since fall 2014, the LaGuardia Library Media Resources Center has been offering a portable consumer-end 3D printer for classroom use. This paper provides historical context for the implementation of 3D printing as a service offered by librarians and discusses how the community college library managed 3D printing services to support class curriculum. At the end of the three-semester-long project students were asked to volunteer to take a survey conducted by the librarian and the class instructor. Findings The results of the student survey demonstrated that library 3D printing services significantly promoted students’ motivation to learn. The conceptual model of a makerspace should be an essential part of the 21st century academic library. To help make that possible this paper examines certain challenges and limitations faced by librarians when introducing 3D printing, including dedicated space management, professional education, and personnel availability. Originality/value During the project described students were able to use library services to print out and study complex engineering and biology models in 3D. The proper planning and management of this innovative service allows academic librarians to enhance class curriculum by providing the means of transforming theory into physical reality.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2016-0094
       
  • Administration and cross-functional teams in libraries: a case study in
           failures and solutions
    • First page: 219
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose To assist Library administration in avoiding cross-functional team pitfalls. Design/methodology/approach Reports results of years of cross-functional teams at a academic Library. Findings Through shared trial and errors, the reader will be able to avoid pitfalls and formulate questions not previously considered for their pursuit of cross-functional teams. Research limitations/implications While this is a case study, the lessons learned can be applied at any library where cross-functional teams are considered. Originality/value This study provides an account of teams at an academic library spanning a decade. Trials and Tribulations are discussed.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2016-0066
       
  • Are community managed libraries effective?
    • First page: 226
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose This paper explores the effectiveness of community managed libraries in England. It traces their history and considers the evidence base in respect of their effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach Through quantitative research (web surveys) with volunteers and Chief Librarians, the study establishes: the range of services being delivered; the perceived need for and extent of training given to volunteers; the criteria through which public library effectiveness can be measured, and the extent to which community managed libraries are able to deliver against these criteria. Findings The study found widespread variation in the range of services offered and the extent of training received. Further, it found significant differences of opinion and priorities between the research groups in respect of the relative importance of various effectiveness criteria and the ability of community managed libraries to deliver against these criteria. The evidence from this study points to a fragmented and inconsistent network of volunteer delivered libraries. A key reason is the variation in approach and level of support from local authorities. The paper concludes that the lack of national standards and consistently applied professional advice could be contributing to this variation and points to the Welsh Public Libraries approach, based on their standards framework, as a model that could be replicated. Originality/value These findings have implications for policy makers in respect of the case made for the reintroduction of a standard/quality framework to reduce service variability. The findings will also be of value to local authorities that are considering implementing a community managed library model.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2016-0081
       
  • Public library planning: a routine practice?
    • First page: 237
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose This article studies whether organisations, in this case libraries, continue to plan after having done so at least once, and whether they conduct planning on a routine basis. Design/methodology/approach The websites of 71 libraries that in 2006 had a strategic or long-term plan were analysed to determine whether in 2016 they had a new plan in place. Where there was none or where the name of the plan had changed, emails were sent to the head librarian to ascertain the reasons. Findings A total of 71.83 % of the libraries in the sample had a new plan underway in October 2016, i.e., ten years later. A significant rise (+8.03 %) in the number of 3 year plans was observed relative to 2006, perhaps because the crisis and resulting uncertainty have induced libraries to narrow their decision-making windows. A preference for the term ‘strategic plan’ over ‘long-range plan’ was also detected in 2016. Originality/value The study provides empirical evidence of the existence of routine planning. The continuity of plans in a series of libraries shows that in practice planning is a systematic, continuous and iterative activity, as contended in planning theory.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2016-0101
       
  • C5 model for the consortium management: SWOT analysis
    • First page: 248
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose This paper elicits information, an excess of information and its stakeholders’ role in the use of information. The main purpose of this paper is to create a ‘C5 model’ (clients, connectivity, content, copyright and cost) of the consortium management to support and improve its academic and administrative decision making skills and optimize returns. Design/methodology/approach A methodology used for this study was SWOT analysis. As a tool, it was used as one of the strategic analytical techniques to evaluate various aspects of consortium management. The purpose of this method chosen for this study was to derive a set of strategies in comparing with internal (strengths/weaknesses) and external (opportunities/threats) forces of ‘C5 model’ of the consortium management. Findings From the SWOT analysis of the ‘C5 model’, it was observed that, there were four combinations such as Maxi-Maxi (SO), Mini-Maxi (WO), Maxi-Mini (ST), Mini-Mini (WT) drawn to derive a set of strategies to benefit the consortium managment. The SO strategies such as building a client-centric resource management system, centralized gateway, collaborative acquisition model, CCCCC and cost-benefit analysis were built based on the strengths and opportunities identified. Likewise, the WO strategies such as organizational planning, equality in ICT infrastructure facilities, quality content, public disclosure of copyright obligations and effective economic models were drawn to minimize the weaknesses of each component by taking advantage of its opportunities. The ST strategies were worked out using strengths of the model to possible mitigation of its threats. Similarly, the WT strategies created to minimize the weaknesses and avoid the threats as much as. However, these strategies would not only help in consortium management in decision making process and but also optimize returns and improve its intellectual outcome of the organization. Originality/value Regarding the SWOT analysis of the ‘C5 model’ for the consortium management, not much research studies have been developed yet. However, it is one of the considerable attempts to benefit a large community of library and information science professionals, consortia and their clients.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2016-0073
       
  • Gaps in performance: benchmarking of the Czech and Slovak city libraries
    • First page: 263
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose The aim of this article is to identify gaps in performance of city libraries from the Czech and from the Slovak Republic engaged in the project Benchmarking of Libraries. The subject of research consists of input and output performance variables for the period of 2011 – 2015 of selected 51 city libraries and their mutual dependence and influence. Design/methodology/approach To analyse relationships among 10 input and 4 output variables, the correlation and regression analyses were used. Regression analysis was focused on four output variables – numbers of physical visitors of libraries, numbers of loans, numbers of visitors using the Internet in the library, and numbers of registered readers. Interpretation of results was supplemented with classification multidimensional analysis CHAID (Chi-Square Automatic Interaction Detection). Findings Findings reveal besides other also the significant gap in performance represented by library additions, which means the renewal of library collections. Performance differences were also found between city libraries in the Czech Republic and those in the Slovak Republic. Research limitations/implications This article evaluates gaps in performance on representative sample of city libraries. The number of population served of individual selected 51 libraries ranges between 15 and 35 thousand inhabitants. Analysed data are from years 2011 – 2015. Originality/value The article analyses, by using statistical methods, data that are generated within benchmarking project. This methodology proves and reveals causalities among performance indicators of city libraries in an unconventional way.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2016-0085
       
  • Institutional repository: access and use by academic staff at Egerton
           University, Kenya
    • First page: 276
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 4/5, June 2017.
      Purpose This paper examined the access and use of the institutional repository among academic staff at Egerton University. Design/methodology/approach The paper provides a description of the building and development of the institutional repository at Egerton university and describes expected benefits of the repository to the University and relevant stakeholders. A survey was conducted among 84 academic staff with an aim of examining their levels of awareness on the existence of the Institutional repository at Egerton University and assess their access and use. Through a structured questionnaire both quantitative and qualitative data was collected. Findings The study revealed that majority of academic staff at Egerton University are still not aware of the existence of the institutional repository. Staff also faced challenges in accessing and using the content available. The paper provided suggestions on how best to enhance the access and utilization of the IRs among the academic staff. Practical implications From a practical point of view, the paper provides implications on the access and use of institutional repositories by academic staff. The paper points out some challenges faced by this group of users which other academic institutions may try to solve in their respective contexts. Originality/value Findings and Discussions provided in the paper will pave way to solving the challenges faced in access and use of institutional repository by academic staff at Egerton University.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-29T12:14:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2017-0018
       
  • Catch-22
    • Pages: 78 - 87
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 78-87, March 2017.
      Purpose Services to researchers are a key strategic focus point for academic libraries. In many cases these services are linked to performance management systems. However, this kind of system for measuring scholarly research has unintended side effects and may demotivate researchers on a number of levels. This presents somewhat of a catch-22 for research libraries. The purpose of this paper is to describe the Bibliometric Research Indicator (BRI) in Denmark, show why the researchers may feel demotivated, outline the dilemmas and the effects on libraries, and present a possible course of action. Design/methodology/approach At least 14 countries have implemented performance management systems for researchers. The impact has been the topic of several – primarily quantitative – studies, e.g., in Denmark. The analysis is made by means of a qualitative study (interviews with 43 Danish researchers), using motivation crowding as well as self-determination theory to further explore their motives and experiences, to determine whether these factors have any influence on their experience of the BRI. Findings The analysis confirms earlier studies which showed that researchers as a whole do not see the BRI as supportive and that this kind of system may have unintended side effects. Unintended side effects include pressure, limitation of freedom, a drop in the perceived standard of research, the slicing of articles, negative collegial behavior as well as borderline academic theft. In connection researchers do not see the incentives or rewards given by the system as supportive. Research limitations/implications This BRI study is made within only one country and as these systems tend to vary not only from country to country but also with incomparability within faculties and institutes, further studies might expose different patterns. However, as the results fit a more general trend within the research area, the takeaways could potentially prove useful for research libraries in general. Furthermore it could be beneficial to research libraries in general to get a clearer understanding of the role they play, which in part could be done by surveying them on this subject. Practical implications The finding presents potential dilemmas for research libraries, as they might get caught in the crossfire between expectations or demands from the university management and the hope and dreams from individual scholars with the risk of unintentionally alienating a key target group. Thus, a possible course of action is outlined including focus points and target areas for libraries. Originality/value This paper presents original research with some key findings with a focus on the dilemmas for research libraries with regard to BRI-like systems, strategic management and performance measurement.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2016-0070
       
  • Business process modelling using ARIS: process architecture
    • Pages: 88 - 107
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 88-107, March 2017.
      Purpose Academic libraries have witnessed huge changes due to internal and external factors. Recent evidence shows that there is a lack of interest in process analysis within academic libraries. There is a lot written on the need to change academic libraries but there is little analytical research that investigates processes, in terms of the process architecture. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach The modelling tool used is Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS). Findings ARIS can provide a process architecture and design for academic libraries that might raise questions later about procedures and some inefficiencies. Research limitations/implications Library managers might need to learn new techniques. Originality/value There is a lot written on the need to change academic libraries but there is little analytical research that investigates processes, in terms of the process architecture. This research examines business process modelling for academic libraries, focusing on the process architecture, as a way of visualizing, understanding and documenting processes.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:39:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-05-2016-0042
       
  • Mission statements in academic libraries: a discourse analysis
    • Pages: 108 - 116
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 108-116, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine how academic library mission statements are related to their parent institution mission statements. Design/methodology/approach Using a random sample of the US colleges and universities, library and their respective college or university mission statements were compared using discourse analysis. Findings This study shows a very weak link between college or university mission statements and library mission statements in the majority of cases. Originality/value This paper opens a discussion of the value and purpose of library mission statements with the context of parent institution mission statements.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-07-2016-0054
       
  • Impact of continuing education programs (CEPs) on LIS professionals in
           academic libraries in Mumbai, India
    • Pages: 117 - 130
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 117-130, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report the research findings of an evaluation of the impact of continuing education programs (CEPs) on library information science (LIS) professionals of academic libraries in Mumbai, India. The paper also introduces Donald Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation for Library Science research in the area of program evaluation. Design/methodology/approach The impact of CEPs was evaluated using Donald Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation using survey method. The impact was evaluated at four levels; reaction, learning, behavior and results. The population of the present study included 344 LIS professionals working at colleges libraries affiliated to University of Mumbai and Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University in Mumbai, India. The data collected through questionnaire were supplemented by five specimen interviews of heads of institutions of the academic librarians who had attended more than five CEPs in five years, 2009-2013. Findings The findings of the study revealed that professionals were satisfied with CEP attendance; keen on gaining more knowledge and transferring the acquired knowledge and skills at their workplaces and interested in implementing the learning to achieve results. The reasons given by academic librarians on not implementing the learning in the library indicated that there were hindrances like lack of management support, lack of technical expertise, inadequate staff in the library, poor IT Infrastructure, etc. in transferring the learning at work. Research limitations/implications The study was based on self-perceptions of respondents. The limitation of self-perception was eliminated to some extent by supplementing qualitative data wherever required. CEPs included conferences, seminars, workshops, refresher courses, orientation programs and online courses. Pre-test and post-test recommended by the Kirkpatrick model could not be conducted as the researcher has not adopted experimental design. The data of feedback from the organizers and content of the CEPs attended by respondents were not analyzed in the study. Practical implications The paper describes the implementation of Kirkpatrick model to evaluate the CEPs, which can be used by the organizers or institutions to evaluate the impact of CEPs in future. This will help them to improve upon the contents of CEPs making them more relevant and effective. Social implications Evaluation of CEPs will be useful to ensure the effectiveness of CEPs and performance of LIS professionals. Originality/value This paper reports an original research initiative undertaken to evaluate the impact of CEPs attended by LIS professionals of Indian academic libraries in Mumbai, India. It fills the gap in LIS research. The application of Donald Kirkpatrick model of Training evaluation is also valuable for LIS research.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-07-2016-0051
       
  • Online library job advertisement in United Arab Emirates: a content
           analysis of online sources
    • Pages: 131 - 141
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 131-141, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate and analyze library jobs advertised by higher education institutions, newspapers and job market sites in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Design/methodology/approach The paper uses summative content analysis approach for data collection, data analysis, evaluation and assessment. It reports about the accuracy of advertisements, job titles, job categories, locations and types of libraries. Findings Higher education institutions demonstrate the highest accuracy level in advertising library jobs. Librarian emerged to be the highest advertised title by the sources. e-library executive, principal-publications and library, and primary librarian found to be the new titles in the market. The paper also found inconsistencies and lack of uniformities among the sources in using job categories to advertise library jobs. In fact, none of them used the term “library” in any category. Academic libraries recorded the highest advertised jobs compared to other types of libraries. Research limitations/implications The paper is based on library jobs advertised on the websites. Websites are only one source of library job advertisement. Practical implications The paper provides important information for librarians looking for library jobs in the Middle East as well as for library managers and decision makers who wish to recruit library professionals. Originality/value The paper represents one of the few studies conducted on library job marketing in UAE. Findings of the study may contribute to the improvement of library job marketing not only in UAE but also in the other gulf countries.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-07-2016-0058
       
  • A review of professionalism within LIS
    • Pages: 142 - 152
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 142-152, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of professionalism within Library and Information Science (LIS) and in doing so draw comparisons with the education and medicine professions. Design/methodology/approach The paper provides a review of the extant literature from the three professions and gives a brief review of the theoretical constructs of professional knowledge using the work of Eisner and Eraut to explore knowledge types. It then relates these definitions to knowledge use within LIS, education and medicine, before examining the roles that professional associations have on the knowledge development of a profession. It concludes with a reflection on the future of professionalism within LIS. Findings The literature suggests a fragmented epistemological knowledge-base and threats to its practices from outside professions. It does, however, find opportunities to redefine its knowledge boundaries within the phronetic practices of LIS and in socio-cultural uses of knowledge. It finds strengths and weaknesses in professionalism within LIS and its practitioners. Originality/value This review provides a contemporary update to several earlier, related, works and provides useful context to current efforts to professionalise LIS by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-07-2016-0053
       
  • Leadership and leadership development in academic libraries: a review
    • Pages: 153 - 166
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 153-166, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight academic librarians’ understanding of leadership and leadership development, with the aim to shed light on further research that can inform and improve practices. Design/methodology/approach A literature review on academic library leadership was conducted. Particular attention was placed on the three common leadership modes in academic libraries: emergent leadership, team leadership and headship. The review covers librarians’ conception of leadership, desirable leadership capabilities and existing leadership development. Findings Librarians view leadership as a process of influence, and understand that leadership does not only come from formal leaders. Lacking is a more structured knowledge of what constitute effect leadership. In the literature, team and emergent leadership have not been adequately explored; most leadership research in the field takes on a headship approach. Research limitations/implications The publications reviewed were selective; not all papers on the topic were included. Practical implications Featuring the three leadership modes brings librarians’ attention to the crucial differences among them; and hence directs future discussion to a more focused approach that addresses each leadership mode specifically. Originality/value This paper differs from previous literature reviews on library leadership; it is the first one comparing and contrasting publications using the three leadership modes.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:39:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2016-0075
       
  • Effects of the digitization to the printed collection policies
    • Pages: 167 - 174
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 167-174, March 2017.
      Purpose The recent changes in the knowledge economy and scientific knowledge dissemination have put academic libraries in a new situation. The demand for open access of scientific publications and the increasing amount of documents published need a new paradigm in the collection policies and collection building strategies of the academic libraries. At the same time the resources allocated to the academic institutions have been decreasing which has caused the need to reallocate the resources in the collection building and management as effectively as possible. The purpose of this paper is to analyse how the use of data compiled from different sources, such as statistics and assessing user experience, as a tool for analysing the effectiveness of the library’s economic resources and how this has effected on the use of the libraries. Design/methodology/approach Statistical and trend analysis based on Finnish academic library collections database. Findings The Finnish academic libraries have made a rapid transition to the digital dissemination of documents. At the same time the national services have enabled the long-time preservation of less used printed materials and have enabled the libraries to save premise costs. Research limitations/implications Modeling the findings to other countries maybe difficult because of the specific characteristics of the Finnish academic environment. Practical implications Gives examples on managing the shift from a printed to a digital library. Originality/value Evidence based tools for collection cost management.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2017-0004
       
  • Built to succeed: sustainable learning environment at UC Merced Library
    • Pages: 175 - 180
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 2/3, Page 175-180, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the sustainable learning environment at UC Merced Library. Design/methodology/approach Case study. Findings The Library is built to support active and constructive learning through its sustainable design as an open, collaborative, and welcoming learning environment and it has become a sustainable environment that supports sustainable learning for the future. Originality/value As the first new research university campus of the twenty-first Century in America, University of California, Merced (UC Merced), from its very beginning, has embraced principles of a green campus from ground up – sustainable economic, social, and environmental systems that preserve the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-03-09T08:40:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2017-0003
       
 
 
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