This poster describes two years of reorganization work in a small academic system comprised of two libraries with a total staff of 21. The process and results include data collection, goal identification, and the reconfiguration of roles, structure, and our service model as we work toward our goals.
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Sturdy Bones: Reframing the Small Academic Library
In July 2014, a small group of UNE Libraries staff called the “New Library Models Task Force” was created to reframe the academic library for the 21st century, including internal structure, positions, services, and cross-departmental collaborations. The new model had to work within the existing skeleton of the library with no changes in budget or number of staff positions. Throughout the last two years the Task Force and the UNE Libraries staff have been working toward creating a structure that is flattened, forward-thinking and student centered. This has involved de-siloing, fostering greater communication and encouraging cross training. Throughout the process, the main goals have continued to be to foster inquiry and independent learning, optimize access to high-quality resources and to provide welcoming spaces.
Available literature primarily focuses on reorganization in larger systems. This poster describes the process and results of two years of reorganization work in a small academic system comprised of two libraries with a total staff of 21, including data collection, goal identification, and how we reconfigured our roles, structure and service model towards our goals. The new model uses challenges as an opportunity to reframe ourselves, and builds on our sturdy bones: our strengths, mission and values, our motivated staff, and areas of expertise, to adapt library services to best serve our dynamic community. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st century.