D203 – People & Practices
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University
When your financial model shifts, you have to rethink, be flexible and agile, and change. Hear how one library responded to the migration to a resource centered management (RCM) financial model, a decentralized approach to budget allocation that assigns greater control over resource decisions to academic colleges and deans. Under the new RCM model, the library receives its funding directly from the contributions of the colleges, rather than from a centralized budget pool. Boeninger shares the results of a task force analysis of library expenditures, the types of data gathered, and how it was used to showcase the value of the Library to campus decision makers. Becoming one of the leaders of technology required not only a new website, an evaluation and addition of several e-resources, introduction of tablet/e- reader/laptop loaning programs, adoption of social media as both a marketing tool and a communication resource, but also a culture change for staff at Guelph PL. Fast-paced learning and constant transitions were expected in this unionized environment. Hear the good, the bad, and the ugly in the process of training the untrainable staff and get lots of tips and tricks to help change happen in your library.
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