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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to clarify employee financial prowess at every level as a key to good library management beyond the responsibilities of directors. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a general review. Findings – The paper finds that all employees of a...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address the irrationality of making budget decisions without awareness of the economic foundation of these decisions. It aims to propose that, in lieu of a universal economic principle, librarians should at least adopt the maxim, “first, do no...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a first installment of a new column on human resource matters in libraries. It aims to focus on the beginning of a professional career in libraries. Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at beginning a professional career in libraries,...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to verify the proposition by the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign (UIUC), that their return on investment (ROI) formula developed for academic libraries and based on hard facts is broad enough to be used throughout the world for ROI studies in...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine some likely scenarios for the future of academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach – Ten scenarios concerning publishing, patrons and technology are discussed vis‐à‐vis their potential effect on libraries. Findings – Thinking about...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide basic and practical suggestions for obtaining a balance between online web site ease of use and comprehensive online content. Design/methodology/approach – The approach is to show how library administrators can prepare for achieving a balance...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider library faculty and staff activities within an institution of higher learning in light of the recent ACRL report Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report . Design/methodology/approach – Using some of the student...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the implications of libraries using Netflix to supplement their own audiovisual collections. Design/methodology/approach – A review of the current discussion regarding breaking terms of service is presented along with several complications...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the benefits of being visible in stewardship of an organization and the resources invested. Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at the concepts of management by walking around and Gemba and how visibility can be used to best...
Purpose – This paper's purpose is to consider what goes into a well‐done library personnel search beginning with the position announcement. Design/methodology/approach – The paper states reasons for conducting a well‐run search, defines general parameters for candidate contacts during the...
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