Best Practices for Corporate Libraries

Best Practices for Corporate Libraries

Best Practices for Corporate Libraries

Best Practices for Corporate Libraries

Synopsis

In this book, experts in the field describe best practices based on their experiences in corporate libraries worldwide.

• 44 graphs and figures demonstrating concepts and providing data

• Six photographs of library events and services

• A glossary of business and library terms

• A bibliography for each chapter in the book

Excerpt

This book seeks to provide an overview of corporate librarianship, and to provide best practices regarding a variety of issues facing corporate information professionals, including services, facilities, communication, networking, management, marketing, demonstrating value, and change management. The chapter authors represent four continents and a variety of industries. Authors from the United States, Barbados, Nigeria, India, and the Netherlands contribute chapters advising readers about their best practices in their fields.

Regardless of how they are distributed, assigned, or met, the information needs of businesses remain constant. Information services, a vital component of business success, are examined in the first section of this book in terms of relevance, methods, and the history of corporate librarians who provide these services. Black demonstrates how libraries have always been service-centered entities within corporations, thereby establishing the precedent for the work of modern librarians. Information professionals mediate services using a variety of tools for communication, as outlined by Pachat and Manjula, and Felix and Dugdale explore the significance of physical and virtual spaces, along with recommending best practices for using library space. No space or tool can replace the value of knowledge and expertise that librarians can bring to the corporate environment. Miller demonstrates this indispensable expertise by outlining the function and restrictions of intellectual property as it pertains to library services in a corporate library.

The sustainability and advancement of the library profession relies heavily on the ability of information professionals to communicate and share . . .

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