ERIC Number: ED061948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Organization and Staffing of the Libraries of Columbia University: A Summary of the Case Study Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries in Cooperation With the American Council on Education Under a Grant From the Council on Library Resources.
Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Chicago, IL.
This report summarizes the detailed case study of the organization and staffing of the research libraries of Columbia University. The study examines present patterns and recommends how the resources of 35 operating libraries ought better be arranged and deployed to fulfill their important roles. As a case study, the conclusions and recommendations are specifically geared to Columbia's unique requirements; certainly, no other university would completely profit from the wholesale adoption of the plan proposed for Columbia. The study may, however, be of general interest to those concerned with possible approaches to organizing for a research library's multifaceted roles in a major urban university. In particular, it is believed that the recommended plan will better accommodate the widening range of user needs and increasing sophistication of the faculty and student groups served. It should strengthen processes of collection development by bringing acquisition decision making closer to academic planning as well as help users gain more effective access to the constantly increasing volume and changing form of information resources available. The study also discusses the need to develop staff capabilities in library areas which can benefit from application of specialized talents and new technology. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Case Studies, College Libraries, Library Planning, Research Libraries, Staff Role, Staff Utilization
University Library Management Studies Office, Association of Research Libraries, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. ($3.00 prepaid)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.; Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Chicago, IL.