Facelifts for Special Libraries. A Practical Guide to by Dawn Bassett

By Dawn Bassett

Libraries/information centres are regularly evolving to maintain with fast alterations in details collecting, processing, and distribution. company and non-profit detailed libraries face distinctive demanding situations in revitalizing their actual house and delivering effective entry to electronic content material. This ebook offers solo-librarians or designated library managers with functional recommendation as to revitalize their libraries either within the actual area and the electronic area. The publication makes use of case stories, surveys and literature evaluate to supply sensible, leading edge and evidence-based details to aid specified librarians strengthen info centres that might stay proper to their organizations.

  • Written from an evidence-based perspective
  • Each part comprises case stories, interviews or examples from libraries and librarians
  • Written particularly for certain librarians

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Depending on the type of special library you work in, there may be many opportunities for informal interviews with library users. Web-based information needs assessments can gather quantitative evidence for future decisions regarding the collection, such as how many back issues of journals are needed for easy access on the shelves, and how many foreign-language materials should be collected. There are several web-based survey products available and many of them are free or have very affordable pricing depending upon the complexity of your survey.

An environmental scan requires the eyes and experience of both library staff and library users. It involves gaining an accurate view of your users’ information needs, using techniques such as surveys, interviews or focus groups. Tracking information such as who is using the current space and for what purpose, and satisfaction with current services are essential pieces of the puzzle. Other pieces of useful information gathered in an environmental scan include: research practices, resource usage, training needs, access points, common problems or issues, need for librarian-driven services, and personal resource use and acquisition.

Elements such as conflict resolution and people-skills cannot be ignored within a successful team environment. Luckily, people-skills are already part of your repertoire, right? However, combining difficult personalities on a project team with conflicting views and visions for the project itself can be difficult. Job descriptions and roles within the project team can also come with inherent conflicts – for example, architects tend toward making a statement through the project, whereas librarians want a building that works for both themselves and their users.

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