Imagine Your Library's Future

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-25
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
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Through extensive practical applications, both actual and theoretical, the authors provide a strong background understanding and direct the reader through a planning process that is both readily applicable and innovative for all information organisations, irrespective of their size or client base.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of figures, table and case studiesp. xix
About the authorsp. xxi
What are scenarios?p. 1
The future is not linearp. 3
What is the value of scenarios?p. 5
The future impacting on librariesp. 6
What is the future and does science fiction predict the future?p. 11
Changep. 13
An initial view of the Internetp. 14
Change of attitudes toward the futurep. 25
Development of scenarios as a disciplinep. 26
Notesp. 29
The complexities of our informational environmentp. 33
This chapterp. 33
What is the environment?p. 33
Libraries and their environmentsp. 34
Disruptive technologiesp. 35
Broad disruptive technological impact on librariesp. 37
Issues in the wider environmentp. 40
Open sourcep. 40
Open source implicationsp. 44
Digital contentp. 46
Digital content implicationsp. 47
The author-publisher-library relationshipp. 48
Content balancep. 49
The future of workp. 52
Implications for the future of workp. 53
Emerging trendsp. 58
Notesp. 59
The future and the past: models are changingp. 61
This chapterp. 61
The mirror as a powerful toolp. 61
Library models in transitionp. 64
Consortia in our corporate livesp. 65
Changing roles of and pressures on consortiap. 67
What are we doing, or what is our business model?p. 70
Future business modelsp. 74
Notesp. 75
Understanding choicesp. 77
This chapterp. 77
What are choices?p. 78
Beginning to construct scenarios through choicesp. 82
Keeping options openp. 93
Notesp. 93
Toward a new way of thinkingp. 95
This chapterp. 95
How to organise for decisionsp. 95
Is it all straightforward?p. 101
Confronting samenessp. 105
Research as a groupp. 109
Notesp. 111
Designing your processp. 113
This chapterp. 113
Not every process is the samep. 113
Scenario construction beginningsp. 114
The suggested processp. 115
Notesp. 126
Scenarios and implementationp. 127
This chapterp. 127
Preferred Library Scenariop. 127
Keeping the scenario alivep. 131
Mid-term reviewp. 132
The staff in the implementation of the Preferred Scenariop. 134
Notep. 135
Choice, chance and (less than) certaintyp. 137
This chapterp. 137
Chance and randomnessp. 137
Adoption of riskp. 141
abundance of datap. 142
search engine capabilityp. 145
avoid group thinkingp. 147
learn to take risksp. 148
continue to build a trust metric for the libraryp. 149
so what is your future?p. 151
Conclusionp. 153
Notesp. 154
Case studiesp. 157
A major Hong Kong university libraryp. 157
A major Australian university libraryp. 162
CAVAL Ltd, Melbourne, Australiap. 170
SOLINET scenariosp. 173
Public libraryp. 180
The possible world of library consortiap. 184
Notesp. 188
Implementation and the impact of changep. 189
This chapterp. 189
Change, demolition and reconstructionp. 189
The human side of changep. 191
Getting involved and involvementp. 198
Following through and embedding the changep. 199
Change and scenario planningp. 202
Notep. 203
Further readingp. 205
Indexp. 211
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