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Staff Less Libraries


Staff Less Libraries
  • Author : Carl Gustav Johannsen
  • Publisher : Chandos Publishing
  • Release : 2017-02-28
  • ISBN : 9780081019245
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Staff-Less Libraries: Innovative Staff Design considers the challenges of this approach, its pros and cons, identifies international experiences, and discusses best practices. It presents a step-by-step approach to implementing a staffless library and/or services, and seeks to inspire professionals to share experiences and optimize their library. Staff-less public libraries, enabled by technological developments, represent a significant and innovative aspect of the development of public libraries. The concept radically enlarges the availability of user access to public libraries. Some Danish public library branches have, for example, increased their weekly opening hours from 20 to 80 hours per week. In Denmark, the concept has been quite successful, increasing the number of staff-less libraries from 81 public library units in 2011 to 260 in 2014. From a longer view, however, the staff-less library concept contributes to the modernization of public libraries by further opening the library. Many library professionals have been surprised by the near absence of vandalism through the staffl-ess opening hours. According to the latest trend, the staffless library model is gradually moving from thinly populated rural areas and suburban neighborhoods to urban contexts. This book explores the concept, hence furthering the debate. Presents and considers the idea of staff-less libraries using evidence-based data Considers the challenges, pros, and cons of the staff-less library Identifies international experiences, best practices, and draws out a step-by-step approach to implementation

Library User Metaphors and Services


Library User Metaphors and Services
  • Author : Carl Gustav Johannsen
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2015-09-25
  • ISBN : 9783110418545
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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How do library professionals talk about and refer to library users, and how is this significant? In recent decades, the library profession has conceived of users in at least five different ways, viewing them alternatively as citizens, clients, customers, guests, or partners. This book argues that these user metaphors crucially inform librarians' interactions with the public, and, by extension, determine the quality and content of the services received. The ultimate aim of this book is to provide library professionals with insights and tools for avoiding common pitfalls associated with false or professionally inadequate conceptions of library users.

Survey of Library Use of Open Source Software


Survey of Library Use of Open Source Software
  • Author : Primary Research Group
  • Publisher : Primary Research Group Inc
  • Release : 2013
  • ISBN : 9781574402391
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This 125+ page report looks closely at how public, academic and special libraries are using open source solutions for email, integrated library systems, word processing and spreadsheets, the library website, server management, and content management and digital preservation software, among other applications. The study looks at which libraries use open source and which use commercial software and why. The study helps librarians and library information technology staff to answer questions such as: what are the most popular open source applications? How much of an IT or software support staff must a library have to succeed with open source alternatives? How much do libraries spend in supporting open source solutions in both funding and staff time? How much does the use of open source software save them? What areas of library operations have been most impacted by open source? How many open source solutions are libraries of different size staffs and different types using? How many have started with an open source solutions in a given area and then abandoned it? How do libraries evaluate their own success or failure with open source? What are the open source solutions they are most anxious to try in the future? Which outside services do they recommend to support open source alternatives? Which information sources about open source do they find most useful?

Unions for Academic Library Support Staff


Unions for Academic Library Support Staff
  • Author : James Michael Kusack
  • Publisher : Praeger
  • Release : 1986
  • ISBN : UCAL:B4230710
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this first book-length study of collective bargaining by library support staff employees, Professor Kusack addresses issues that will help to determine the future of the nation's academic libraries. He begins by discussing current trends and the history of collective bargaining in university libraries. The collective bargaining literature dealing with white collar and clerical employees is reviewed, and implications for libraries--especially possible changes in compensation levels and shifts in productivity--are considered. The results of a comparative study of more than 200 university libraries with and without staff unions are presented in detail. The analysis provides information on how unionization affects compensation patterns, selected employment policies and practices, and personnel and budget characteristics; and it examines the relationships between environment variables, including the type of institutional control and the level of unionization in the state and region. Finally, the author summarizes the results and possible implications of this and other research and suggests techniques and areas for study that might prove productive.

Managing Change for Library Support Staff


Managing Change for Library Support Staff
  • Author : Anne Goulding
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1996
  • ISBN : UOM:39015040640172
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In today's library environment the only constant seems to be change. This book describes how external and internal organizational changes have specifically affected library support staff who, being at the sharp end of the service, have to cope with the effects of change on a daily basis. Library managers need to inform themselves on how change affects the working experiences of staff, and how, in the face of uncertainty and upheaval, they can ensure those staff remain motivated and committed. Drawing upon case study and interview data, the author discusses: who library support staff are and why library managers should be particularly concerned about their welfare; the changing working environment of library support staff; work design; working conditions; the organizational climate; workforce planning and equal opportunities. The result is a rich picture of the current state of support staff roles in today's libraries.