Downsizing in libraries: experiences and expectations

Downsizing in libraries: experiences and expectations A 1995 survey of 119 academic and public library directors in North Carolina, USA, examined the degree to which their libraries had experienced downsizing and the expectations of these librarians regarding downsizing. While 27 per cent of the respondents had downsized in the past two to three years, only 7 per cent expected to do so in the near future. Likewise, fewer respondents expected to reduce personnel as a response to downsizing than had done so when downsizing did take place and, by contrast, more respondents expected to reduce or eliminate specific services than had actually done so when downsizing did take place. The survey also found that few libraries were prepared for downsizing; only 28 per cent of the respondents reported feeling at least well prepared, and only 2 per cent of the respondents felt very well prepared. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Downsizing in libraries: experiences and expectations

Library Management, Volume 18 (4): 5 – Jun 1, 1997

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/01435129710166824
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Abstract

A 1995 survey of 119 academic and public library directors in North Carolina, USA, examined the degree to which their libraries had experienced downsizing and the expectations of these librarians regarding downsizing. While 27 per cent of the respondents had downsized in the past two to three years, only 7 per cent expected to do so in the near future. Likewise, fewer respondents expected to reduce personnel as a response to downsizing than had done so when downsizing did take place and, by contrast, more respondents expected to reduce or eliminate specific services than had actually done so when downsizing did take place. The survey also found that few libraries were prepared for downsizing; only 28 per cent of the respondents reported feeling at least well prepared, and only 2 per cent of the respondents felt very well prepared.

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Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 1997

Keywords: Downsizing; Libraries

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