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Strategic Management For Public Libraries
     

Strategic Management For Public Libraries

by Robert M. Hayes
 

ISBN-10: 0313289549

ISBN-13: 9780313289545

Pub. Date: 09/30/1996

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

Overview

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.

Public libraries must operate in a time of increasing change, both within the library community and throughout the larger social and economic environments in which the library must function. All community libraries, regardless of size, must prepare for the strategic changes that are occurring, such as the National Information Infrastructure and the onrush of electronic information. Planning for change is not enough. Change must be managed strategically, through the library's recognition of its needs and objectives in relationship to the shifting contexts in which it must operate.

This professional reference is a comprehensive guide to the strategic management of change in community libraries. Drawing on Hayes's work in Strategic Management for Academic Libraries, this volume 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313289545
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1996
Series:
Libraries Unlimited Library Management Collection Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Concepts

Definitions, Objectives, Alternatives

Top Management Responsibility

Strategic Issues for the Community Library

Contexts

The Context of Community Problems and Needs

The Context of Users and Their Needs

The Context of the Environment

Techniques for Assessment

Assessing the Strategic Position

Visualizing the Future

Costing Library Operations and Services

Fine Structure of Community Information Economies

Bibliography

Index

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