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How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times

How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times Book
Author : David Stern
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2013-02-19
ISBN : 178063367X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Contemporary library managers face the need to make difficult choices regarding resource allocation in the modern business environment. How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times is a practical guide for library managers, offering techniques to analyze existing and potential services, implement best practices for maximizing existing resources, and utilize pressing financial scenarios in order to justify making difficult reallocation decisions. The book begins by asking the fundamental questions of why, what, and how, moving on to look at how to manage expectations and report to both administration and faculty. The book then considers the four ‘D’s of Do, Delegate, Delay and Drop, before covering project management, and how to understand the mission and objectives of your organisation. The book then focuses on: service quality improvement analyses; identifying underlying issues; reviewing resources; identifying best practice; managing feedback and expectations; and looking at decision making skills and implications. Introduces both philosophies and techniques for decision-making that will help inexperienced library managers Provides resources for a practical orientation to new Service Quality Improvement and Project Management approaches as library managers address a wide range of resource allocation considerations Written by a highly experienced practitioner in the field

Public Libraries and Resilient Cities

Public Libraries and Resilient Cities Book
Author : Michael Q. Dudley
Publisher : American Library Association
Release : 2013
ISBN : 0838911366
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Public libraries are keystone public institutions for any thriving community, and as such can be leaders in making cities better places to work, play, and live. Here, Dudley shows how public libraries can contribute to 'placemaking', or the creation and nurturing of vital and unique communities for their residents.

Academic Librarianship

Academic Librarianship Book
Author : G. Edward Evans,Stacey Greenwell
Publisher : American Library Association
Release : 2018-01-16
ISBN : 0838916678
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This updated edition enables readers to understand how academic libraries deliver information, offer services, and provide learning spaces in new ways to better meet the needs of today's students, faculty, and other communities of academic library users.

Managing Burnout in the Workplace

Managing Burnout in the Workplace Book
Author : Nancy McCormack,Catherine Cotter
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2013-10-31
ISBN : 1780634005
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Information professionals are under constant stress. Libraries are ushering in sweeping changes that involve the closing of branches and reference desks, wholesale dumping of print, disappearing space, and employment of non-professional staff to fill what have traditionally been the roles of librarians. Increasing workloads, constant interruptions, ceaseless change, continual downsizing, budget cuts, repetitive work, and the pressures of public services have caused burnout in many information professionals. Managing Burnout in the Workplace concentrates on the problem of burnout, what it is and how it differs from chronic stress, low morale, and depression. The book addresses burnout from psychological, legal, and human resources perspectives. Chapters also cover how burnout is defined, symptom recognition, managing and overcoming burnout, and how to avoid career derailment while coping with burnout. Focuses on burnout in relation to information professionals and their work Explores how burnout is identified and diagnosed and how it is measured in the workplace Provides an overview of interdisciplinary research on burnout, incorporating studies from various areas

How Good People Make Tough Choices Rev Ed

How Good People Make Tough Choices Rev Ed Book
Author : Rushworth M. Kidder
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-11-24
ISBN : 0061968722
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This insightful and brilliant analysis of ethics teaches readers valuable skills in evaluating tough choices and arriving at sound conclusions. “A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” —Jimmy Carter An essential guide to ethical action updated for our challenging times, How Good People Make Tough Choices by Rushworth M. Kidder offers practical tools for dealing with the difficult moral dilemmas we face in our everyday lives. The founder and president of the Institute for Global Ethics, Dr. Kidder provides guidelines for making the important decisions in situations that may not be that clear cut—from most private and personal to the most public and global. Former U.S. senator and NBA legend Bill Bradley calls How Good People Make Tough Choices “a valuable guide to more informed and self-conscious moral judgments.”

Serials Collection Management in Recessionary Times

Serials Collection Management in Recessionary Times Book
Author : Karen G. Lawson
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-04-08
ISBN : 1317983300
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Strategic planning, collaboration, continual stewardship, best practices, and re-engineering can provide librarians with a toolkit of innovative strategies that meets the worst of economic times with bold, persistent experimentation. This book covers the implications for libraries of a broad range of technological and economic challenges. These challenges include the fallout from the global economic crisis, the positioning of usage statistics, the advent of open access scholarship, database management, responding to budgetary constrictions and general access to serials. Taken as a whole, this collection provides practitioners in the library sector and in higher education with a wide variety of insights on the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities involved with serials collection management in recessionary times, written by academic librarians, vendors, publishers, fundraisers, and higher education professionals. This book was published as a special issue of The Serials Librarian.

Working in the Virtual Stacks

Working in the Virtual Stacks Book
Author : Laura Townsend Kane
Publisher : American Library Association
Release : 2011-06-30
ISBN : 0838993273
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Written in a warm and personal style, Working in the Virtual Stacks presents an exciting future for librarians, already upon us today!

Legislative Branch Appropriations for 2011

Legislative Branch Appropriations for 2011 Book
Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2010
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Legislative Branch Appropriations for 2011 book written by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Going Digital

Going Digital Book
Author : Donald L Dewitt
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-05-13
ISBN : 1135786089
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Going Digital: Strategies for Access, Preservation, and Conversion of Collections to a Digital Format offers you succinct and analytic views of the problems and benefits of digital resources in the traditional academic library. Library administrators, collection managers, and librarians will learn the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital collections and the costs of providing local access or implementing remote access to digital collections. Originally presented at a series of five symposiums sponsored by the Research Libraries Group, the articles inGoing Digital will help you decide upon a cost-effective collection method that will meet the needs of your library, your patrons, and your budget. The chapters in this text are written by the nation’s leading librarians who pose and answer questions about hardware and software needed for digital libraries, the costs involved, establishing and maintaining access to digital collections, copyright concerns, and long-term preservation problems. Going Digital gives you insight into factors that will help you decide what will best meet the goals of your library, such as: the advantages and disadvantages of preserving microfilm and digital conversion choosing the correct hardware and software for your digital preservation program the changes required from librarians when shifting from collection development to digital resources examining the selection process for collections from perspectives of access, public service, technological requirements, and preservation ways to improve access to traditional collections cost comparisons between digital and hard copy resources devising a technical plan for successful digital conversion of projects involving the user’s wants when selecting collections for digital conversion and recognizing the central parts patrons play in the selection process In light of the changing ways we receive and keep our information, Going Digital discusses new collection preservation criteria and suggests that access and informational values, not just deterioration, should be equal factors in selecting materials to be converted to digital form. Proving that digital collections are changing every facet of library operations, Going Digital shows you the most cost-effective way to begin a digital collection and how to choose what materials to digitize in order to provide your patrons with the information they want and need.

Law Librarianship in the Digital Age

Law Librarianship in the Digital Age Book
Author : Ellyssa Kroski
Publisher : Scarecrow Press
Release : 2013-11-14
ISBN : 0810888076
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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It is absolutely essential that today’s law librarians are digitally literate and possess an understanding and awareness of recent advancements and trends in information technology as they pertain to the library field. Law Librarianship in the Digital Age offers a one-stop, comprehensive guide to achieving both of those goals.

Privatizing Libraries

Privatizing Libraries Book
Author : Jane Jerrard,Nancy M. Bolt,Karen Strege
Publisher : American Library Association
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0838911544
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This timely special report from ALA Editions provides a succinct but comprehensive overview of the "privatization" of public libraries. It provides a history of the trend of local and state governments privatizing public services and assets, and then examines the history of public library privatization right up to the California legislation introduced earlier this year to restrict cities in the state from privatizing library services. The book also examines what happens when a private, for-profit organization takes over essential management tasks and decisions of a public library, including the effects this can have on services, patron satisfaction and staff, as well as legal issues. It provides in-depth recommendations for librarians who want to retain control of their own institutions. Complete with case studies, statistics, and a valuable checklist of to-dos for libraries that are facing partial or complete privatization.

Library Data

Library Data Book
Author : Darby Orcutt
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2010
ISBN : 159158826X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Numerical evidence is everywhere. And libraries are among the most abundant producers and storehouses of such evidence, as well as a key contact to numbers held elsewhere. But not all of this data is collected for the benefit of our users; some are integral to the functioning of the library itself. The papers in this collection run the gamut from library administrators addressing how to make data presentations appealing and effective, to an article on applying capital budgeting models to libraries, to a simple way to integrate Excel pivot tables with SQL stored procedures to create an amazingly elegant tool for vendor data analysis and visualization. They also cover specialized scenarios within, for example, the worlds of reference, collection development, serial acquisitions, web site design, and bibliographic instruction

Libraries Leadership and Scholarly Communication

Libraries  Leadership  and Scholarly Communication Book
Author : Rick Anderson
Publisher : American Library Association
Release : 2016-06-08
ISBN : 083891442X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ideal for browsing, the ideas in this collection will kickstart your brainstorming sessions and spur your organization to confront choices head on.

Small Libraries

Small Libraries Book
Author : Sally Gardner Reed
Publisher : McFarland
Release : 2015-10-03
ISBN : 078648411X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This fully revised and updated edition provides current information on automation and technology and on advocacy to help small public libraries strive to make available the same basic services as larger libraries. This book is written for the directors of these honest-to-goodness small libraries, providing both a philosophical as well as a common sense basis for decision making. Appendices provide sample documents for a library's Statement of Purpose, worksheets for job descriptions and personnel policies, a volunteer application form, ALA documents (Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics), a list of discount book dealers, and a sample meeting room policy.

Optimizing Open and Distance Learning in Higher Education Institutions

Optimizing Open and Distance Learning in Higher Education Institutions Book
Author : Pandey, Umesh Chandra,Indrakanti, Verlaxmi
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2017-06-19
ISBN : 1522526250
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Technology has broadened learning opportunities for students in the modern age. No longer limited by proximity and location, learners can utilize online education environments to attain their advanced degrees. Optimizing Open and Distance Learning in Higher Education Institutions is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly material on the development of e-learning programs and other technologies in university settings. Highlighting numerous topics such as quality assurance, learning measurement, and skill training, this book is ideally designed for administrators, teachers, academics, researchers, and professionals interested in emerging trends for open and distance education.

The Value of Academic Libraries

The Value of Academic Libraries Book
Author : Megan Oakleaf
Publisher : Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
Release : 2010
ISBN : 0838985688
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This report provides Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) leaders and the academic community with a clear view of the current state of the literature on value of libraries within an institutional context, suggestions for immediate "Next Steps" in the demonstration of academic library value, and a "Research Agenda" for articulating academic library value. Its focus is to help librarians understand, based on professional literature, the current answer to the question, "How does the library advance the missions of the institution?" This report is also of interest to higher educational professionals external to libraries, including senior leaders, administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals.

Interop

Interop Book
Author : John Palfrey,Urs Gasser
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2012-06-05
ISBN : 0465029337
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In Interop, technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore the immense importance of interoperability -- the standardization and integration of technology -- and show how this simple principle will hold the key to our success in the coming decades and beyond. The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and economic growth for centuries. The standardization of the railroad gauge revolutionized the flow of commodities, the standardization of money revolutionized debt markets and simplified trade, and the standardization of credit networks has allowed for the purchase of goods using money deposited in a bank half a world away. These advancements did not eradicate the different systems they affected; instead, each system has been transformed so that it can interoperate with systems all over the world, while still preserving local diversity. As Palfrey and Gasser show, interoperability is a critical aspect of any successful system -- and now it is more important than ever. Today we are confronted with challenges that affect us on a global scale: the financial crisis, the quest for sustainable energy, and the need to reform health care systems and improve global disaster response systems. The successful flow of information across systems is crucial if we are to solve these problems, but we must also learn to manage the vast degree of interconnection inherent in each system involved. Interoperability offers a number of solutions to these global challenges, but Palfrey and Gasser also consider its potential negative effects, especially with respect to privacy, security, and co-dependence of states; indeed, interoperability has already sparked debates about document data formats, digital music, and how to create successful yet safe cloud computing. Interop demonstrates that, in order to get the most out of interoperability while minimizing its risks, we will need to fundamentally revisit our understanding of how it works, and how it can allow for improvements in each of its constituent parts. In Interop, Palfrey and Gasser argue that there needs to be a nuanced, stable theory of interoperability -- one that still generates efficiencies, but which also ensures a sustainable mode of interconnection. Pointing the way forward for the new information economy, Interop provides valuable insights into how technological integration and innovation can flourish in the twenty-first century.

Floating Collections A Collection Development Model for Long Term Success

Floating Collections  A Collection Development Model for Long Term Success Book
Author : Wendy K. Bartlett
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2014-01-13
ISBN : 1598847449
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide shows how to establish a floating collection in any library—regardless of type or size. • Checklists for various stages of the floating process • Frequently asked questions for staff members • A bibliography of publications on floating collections, covering websites of floating libraries, PLA presentations, articles, and listserv archives • An index covers major topics, libraries described within the text, as well as interviewed individuals

The Nextgen Librarian s Survival Guide

The Nextgen Librarian s Survival Guide Book
Author : Rachel Singer Gordon,Richard G. Gordon
Publisher : Information Today, Inc.
Release : 2006
ISBN : 9781573872560
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Looks at concerns of interest to new and aspiring librarians, including library school, job-hunting, entry-level positions, career advancement, stereotypes, diversity, networking, and achieving work/life balance.