Strategic Management for Public Libraries: A Handbook

Strategic Management for Public Libraries: A Handbook

Strategic Management for Public Libraries: A Handbook

Strategic Management for Public Libraries: A Handbook


"Drawing on Hayes's previous work in Strategic Management for Academic Libraries, this professional reference addresses the unique circumstances and needs of public libraries and provides thorough guidance on how to manage change successfully in the community library environment. The volume provides a conceptual framework for strategic management, identifies its major concerns and relationships to the tactical and operational management of public libraries, discusses the particular problems and needs of community libraries, and details the assessment of the library's strategic position. The final section of the book offers extensive practical information for formulating and implementing strategic management in the public library setting." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


In 1993, the reference text Strategic Management for Academic Libraries was published. In the three years since then, dramatic changes have occurred in the strategic environment, and an update seems well called for. Rather than just producing a second edition, though, it was felt that something more could be accomplished by shifting the focus from academic to public libraries. While there are many aspects of the two types of libraries that are similar, there are significant differences, especially in the natures of the communities served and the types of users. We felt that by shifting the coverage to include another context and by identifying such essentially different strategic considerations, the book could be more than simply an update in discussions of the environment. Furthermore, it gave us the opportunity to bring about a collaboration that we had long wanted.

Of course, the structure of this book is essentially identical to that of the first one, and some chapters (such as the one reviewing industrial models for strategic management) are, at most, minimally different. However, most of the chapters are substantively new and completely focused on issues important to public libraries.


As described above, this book is intended to be a companion and, to some extent, an update to the prior reference text on the same topic for academic . . .

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