Through our work with public and academic libraries, schools, healthcare corporations, pharmaceutical companies, governments and research labs, we have gained access to vast library science resources and information services knowledge. This knowledge allows us to work on the most innovative library projects in the world—it is a powerful reference library of library planning tools.
We help libraries adapt to changing environments; today’s climate is a unique opportunity for such change. Many librarians understandably worry that the library will not be able to adapt to the new normal. The first practical strategy is the development of a library program. It is a plan that provides short term goals, long term strategies and schedules for implementation. CONTACT LIBRARY CONSULTANT
DIGITAL LIBRARY PLANNING
Digital business planning has been around for a number of years in the form of Digital Humanities research. This is a difficult subject because humanities includes both the physical and digital world. In a 2017 paper, @educause addressed how to build digital services, and their information is relevant today.
According to Building Capacity for Digital Humanities, there are a few commonsense principles can be used for your planning, regardless of the library program (business model) that you choose. These include:
- Recognize that many projects will have downstream costs. Be clear about the resources required through the stages of planning, prototype development, updates, hosting, maintaining, archiving, etc. Make sure there is a plan that covers the entire project life cycle, including criteria for sunsetting projects for which there is no viable maintenance plan.
- Manage expectations and consuming behavior responsibly. If direct fees aren’t involved, then determine what mechanisms can control scope creep, poor planning, or other inefficient use of resources.
- Look for ways to reduce barriers to experimentation. How can you encourage good ideas to be explored and tested easily? Keep the costs and procedural overhead to a minimum for projects in early stages of development; scale up requirements for planning and budgeting before moving to more advanced levels of development.
- Be clear about the business rules and apply them consistently. A good library program must be seen as an accessible resource, not biased toward underwriting the interests of a small well-connected group.
CHANGE ALL AROUND
Research libraries may feel overwhelmed by the change from print to digital. But this collaborative model has been advancing for years, and can’t be dismissed. Academic libraries provide instructional support and academic engagement activities as well as a vast platform for shared resources. Then again, they are the heart of the campus and their space is still important.
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