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Preparing for the 21st Century: Academic Library Realignment

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dc.creator Nutefall, Jennifer E.
dc.creator Chadwell, Faye A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-18T16:35:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-18T16:35:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Jennifer E. Nutefall, Faye A. Chadwell, "Preparing for the 21st century: Academic library realignment", New Library World, Vol. 113 Iss: 3/4, pp.162 - 173 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/28798
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this article is to communicate how an academic library can establish and implement a realignment process to prepare itself to serve users in the 21st century. Design/methodology/approach – The authors employed a case study approach to present the challenges of realigning an academic library. They describe the collaborative and interactive process that OSU Libraries undertook to envision what a 21st century academy library might demand and to realign its units to support this vision. They summarize the positive outcomes of this process and provide an overview of what next steps might be. Findings – A combination of visioning exercises and collaborative study of the appropriate LIS literature were key to establishing the direction that the libraries' realignment would take and the eventual organizational structure the libraries implemented. The realignment activities not only emphasized collaboration among unit heads, but also emphasized the importance of clear communication, ongoing assessment, and connection to the university's overall strategic goals and realignment in order to guarantee eventual success. Originality/value – This article describes a process that most academic libraries could emulate to shift the focus of legacy operations and departments to those that successfully meet the challenges of the twenty-first century academic library. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Library World en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 113 no. 3/4 en_US
dc.subject Academic libraries en_US
dc.subject Change en_US
dc.subject Future en_US
dc.subject Organizational restructuring en_US
dc.subject Realignment en_US
dc.title Preparing for the 21st Century: Academic Library Realignment en_US
dc.title.alternative Preparing for the Twenty First Century: Academic Library Realignment en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/03074801211218543

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