How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 178063367X
  • ISBN-13: 9781780633671
  • DDC: 025.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 226 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Case Studies.
About the Authors.
1: Considered and Effective Leadership.
2: Preparing for Analysis.
3: A Few Important Analysis Techniques.
4: Understanding and Utilizing Data and Statistical Reports.
5: Environmental Scans and the Power of Best Practices.
6: Key Management Skills That Contribute to Organizational Leadership and Direction.
Conclusion: The Most Important D: Do.
Start-Up Scenarios to Ponder.
Suggested Readings.