Research-Based Planning for Public Libraries: Increasing Relevance in the Digital Age
207 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2013
Today's library must be more than a structure housing a collection and waiting for customers to appear. There are simply too many competitors that patrons may find more convenient for locating information and leisure activities. In order to gain a competitive edge that makes public libraries resonate within its community, today's library staff must rethink the way they provide services and access to their collections.
This book will help public library administrators, managers, and board members to better plan, strategize, and understand their communities, enabling public libraries to become dynamic, proactive institutions.
Research-Based Planning for Public Libraries: Increasing Relevance in the Digital Age takes readers through a logical and effective process for developing a plan and implementing it within the various functions of the library. Grounded in research and best practices, the book offers practical, easy-to-implement advice and direction for today's public library administrators, managers, and board members.
Covering everything from goal-setting, policy-making, and budgeting, to collections, promotions, and access and evaluation, the book details how to better provide and promote access, convey its value to customers, and make the library a more integral part of the community. The author inspires library staff and administrators to reinvent themselves to meet&mdash:and overcome—the current challenges they face. The information is specifically tailored towards public librarians, particularly those in management or administration, as well as to LIS faculty and students of public librarianship and library management.