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Streamlining Library Services: What We Do, How Much Time It Takes, What It Costs, and How We Can Do It Better Paperback – Feb 15 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (Feb. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810851989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810851986
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.9 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,240,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For library management courses, this textbook offers a great deal. It delivers a large amount of valuable information and ideas in a very readable and useful format. Dougherty is to be commended for his writing. ...This book effortlessly blends theory and practice...and should do a fine job of making management theory have real application in the classroom. (Journal of the Medical Library Association, January 2009)

Dougherty offers tools and procedures for collecting data for workflow evaluations. (Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie)

The problem-solving techniques explained and the real-life examples cited in this practical book provide the necessary tools for any library interested in doing just that. Recommended for all library collections. (Booklist, September 2008)

Retitled for the 21st century, this new edition...presents a variety of approaches to engaging in rigorous inquiry into workplace activities, processes, and workflows.....The goal of the text is not simply to introduce the reader to these approaches for assessing the work environment, however, but to 'rescue' these tools of analysis from what the author perceives as a general sentiment that they are outdated....very effective introduction to scientific management tools. (College & Research Libraries, Sept. 2008)

Dougherty...provides a well-organized and most useful analysis....A welcome addition to the collection of any library. (Library & Information Science Research, September 2008)

This is a solid introduction to scientific management concepts, not often addressed in recent library management literature....Dougherty shows how to assess internal processes and make evidence-based decisions about them, ensuring that workflows and procedures are as efficient as possible, both improving service to users and freeing up resources. Recommended for professional collections. (Library Journal, December 2008)

Most of the book is a catalog of well-established measurement techniques with roots in industrial engineering. Dougherty is doubtlessly correct that many library procedures could be improved with some thoughtful investigation.... His book is best consulted on an as-needed basis.... Dougherty excels at describing how to streamline current activities and manage the resultant organizational change. (Journal of Academic Librarianship)

Academic, public and special libraries are always trying to improve services and reduce costs, and this book by Richard Dougherty gives librarians the practical tools to accomplish organisational change and to improve library services....Dougherty is an expert on organisational change and has many years' experience in senior roles in university libraries....This book is well laid-out, with attractive typesetting, and it includes a generous number of figures and charts to enhance the text. Overall this is a useful guide that delivers what it promises. (Library Hi Tech)

Dougherty's expertise and experience shine bright....Streamlining Library Services is a powerful aid to successful change management and is required reading these days. (Serials Review)

All of the factors that might make it seem impossible to take the time to step back and analyze current practices for future improvements make it even more important to do so, and Dougherty has provided a well-organized and well-written guide to assist us in this work. (Holley Lange, Morgan Library, Colorado State University)

Useful for any library wanting to streamline their services, or even just to self-analyze their own processes and tasks, this work is written for the novice. It has been greatly updated since its last edition. (American Reference Books Annual, May 2009)

Streamlining Library Services is a useful and affordable answer for those librarians that cannot afford a consultant, as well as for libraries that have implemented recommendations by a consultant. All libraries will benefit from reading and making use of this book . . . Dougherty makes it clear in his writing that any activity may be the subject of analysis, and that makes this book even more valuable than an outside consultant service that only may focus primarily on traditional technical services activities. (Technicalities, September/October 2009)

In an era when librarians are pressed to justify the cost and value of their services, this book is a precious gift to all of us. (The Reference Librarian, October 2009)

Dougherty provides both administrators and staff with the tools needed to examine, analyze, streamline, and ultimately improve library services. . . . In this well written book, Dougherty draws on his long and varied experience in the library field for examples throughout the text. . . . Dougherty has provided a well-organized and well-written guide (Collection Management, Winter 2009)

This is an excellent primer on the methods that librarians can use to identify areas for improvement, analyze their processes, assess the results of their study, and make improvements….It would be a valuable addition to any library's professional collection. (Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services)

This book is crammed full of practical tools and techniques for improving the cost-efficiency of library services….It has a thorough index. This book is very good value for money and I recommend it to all librarians. (The Electronic Library)

About the Author

Richard M. Dougherty is the founding publisher and editor of the Journal of Academic Librarianship, was the Director of Libraries at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley, was on the faculty at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, and served as President of ALA. He has served as a consultant to numerous libraries striving to introduce organizational change and conducted many workshops on change management.

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