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Facelifts for Special Libraries

Book Description

Libraries/information centres are continuously evolving to keep up with rapid changes in information gathering, processing, and distribution. Corporate and non-profit special libraries face special challenges in revitalizing their physical space and providing efficient access to digital content. This book provides solo-librarians or special library managers with practical advice as to revitalize their libraries both in the physical space and the digital space. The book uses case studies, surveys and literature review to provide practical, innovative and evidence-based information to help special librarians develop information centres that will remain relevant to their organizations.

  • Written from an evidence-based perspective
  • Each section includes case studies, interviews or examples from libraries and librarians
  • Written specifically for special librarians

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. About the authors
  8. Preface
  9. Chapter 1: Prepare
    1. Assess your strengths
    2. Assess your surroundings
    3. Understand the needs of your users
    4. Notes
  10. Chapter 2: Build a great project team
    1. Collaborating with other departments to meet patron needs
    2. How project knowledge transfers within project teams
    3. Knowledge management benchmarks for the team
    4. The importance of tacit knowledge within the team
    5. Successful consultation
    6. Dealing with different personalities within the team
    7. Team learning
    8. The architect on the team
  11. Chapter 3: Plan your project
    1. Important project management techniques
    2. Risk identification and management
    3. Project manager competencies
    4. Budgeting basics
    5. Clearly define project scope, goals and objectives
    6. Identify existing expertise
    7. Cost savings
  12. Chapter 4: Develop a layout
    1. Furnishings
    2. Circulation and reference desk and staff work space
    3. User work space: computer desks, study areas and spaces for collaboration
    4. Shelving
  13. Chapter 5: Interior design basics
    1. The relationship between elements within the space
    2. The importance of colour
    3. Lighting
    4. Flooring
    5. Finishing touches
  14. Chapter 6: Revitalising your digital environment
    1. Planning your digital renovation
    2. Renovating your web or intranet presence – simple techniques for keeping your users coming back to your website
    3. To change or not to change – revitalising the library management system
    4. Evaluating your current LMS or selecting a new one
    5. Open source vs. proprietary LMSs
    6. Other tools and techniques for revitalising your digital space
  15. Chapter 7: Project completion and final thoughts
  16. Index