Managing Change in Libraries and Information Services

Managing Change in Libraries and Information Services

Managing Change in Libraries and Information Services

Managing Change in Libraries and Information Services

Synopsis

In times of rapid change, it is easy for managers to become so absorbed by daily demands and decisions that they lose perspective on the change process as a whole. A practical approach to managing the change process.

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Change today is not only inevitable, but continual. It is unrealistic to expect a break from change, or to count on a period of consolidation. While these statements may be daunting, their truth is apparent when we consider the range of pressures for change which all libraries experience. These pressures come from outside our organisations, originating in the wider environment in which libraries operate, as well as from inside libraries themselves. The pressures include potential threats to our viability and security, as well as opportunities to consolidate our position and to develop.

Most senior library managers today operate in an arena where internal and external pressures are recognised, monitored and used to inform library planning and decision making. However, it is also important that all library managers, if not all library staff, understand these pressures if they and their organisations are to be leaders and beneficiaries of change, rather than victims of it.

External pressures on libraries come from changes taking place in the environment in which libraries operate. This environment has a local, national and . . .

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