Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Viewing the Future of University Research Libraries through the Perspectives of Scenarios
by Cawthorne, Jon Edward, Ph.D., Simmons College, 2013, 303; 3578093
Abstract (Summary)

This research highlights the scenarios that might serve as a strategic vision to describe a future beyond the current library, one which both guides provosts and creates a map for the transformation of human resources and technology in the university research libraries. The scenarios offer managerial leaders an opportunity to envision new roles for librarians and staff which brings a much needed focus on the development of human resources as well as a thought-stream to understand decisions which effectively and systematically move the organization toward a strategic vision.

These scenarios outline possible future directions research libraries could take by focusing on perspectives from library directors, provosts, and administrators for human resources. The four case study scenarios introduce potential future roles for librarians and highlight the unsustainability of the current scholarly communications model as well as uncertain factors related to the political, social, technical, and demographic issues facing campuses. Given the changes institutions face, scenarios allow directors to include more uncertainty when developing and articulating a vision. These scenarios may start a discussion, before a strategic planning process, to sharpen the evaluations and measures necessary to monitor achievements that define the value of the library.

This dissertation highlights the importance of research library managerial leaders developing a strategic vision and introduces scenarios as way to communicate that vision with provosts, the senior leadership team, librarians, and staff. How the library directors approach the strategic vision scenario provides insight into the challenges and barriers identified within the existing organizational culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernon, Peter
Commitee: Giesecke, Joan, Williams, Jim
School: Simmons College
Department: Library and Information Science
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Library science, Higher Education Administration, Management, Organization Theory
Keywords: Academic libraries, Development of human resources, Future planning of research libraries, Library administration perceptions, Library strategic vision, Organizational culture barriers, Scholarly communications
Publication Number: 3578093
ISBN: 978-1-303-69076-1
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