Facelifts for Special Libraries

Facelifts for Special Libraries

A Practical Guide to Revitalizing Diverse Physical and Digital Spaces

1st Edition - September 9, 2010

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  • Authors: Dawn Bassett, Jenny Fry, Brooke Ballantyne-Scott
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630427
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345916

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Libraries/information centres are continuously evolving to keep up with rapid changes in information gathering, processing, and distribution. Corporate and non-profit special libraries face special challenges in revitalizing their physical space and providing efficient access to digital content. This book provides solo-librarians or special library managers with practical advice as to revitalize their libraries both in the physical space and the digital space. The book uses case studies, surveys and literature review to provide practical, innovative and evidence-based information to help special librarians develop information centres that will remain relevant to their organizations.

Key Features

  • Written from an evidence-based perspective
  • Each section includes case studies, interviews or examples from libraries and librarians
  • Written specifically for special librarians


Practitioner and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • List of figures


    About the authors


    Chapter 1: Prepare

    Assess your strengths

    Assess your surroundings

    Understand the needs of your users


    Chapter 2: Build a great project team

    Collaborating with other departments to meet patron needs

    How project knowledge transfers within project teams

    Knowledge management benchmarks for the team

    The importance of tacit knowledge within the team

    Successful consultation

    Dealing with different personalities within the team

    Team learning

    The architect on the team

    Chapter 3: Plan your project

    Important project management techniques

    Risk identification and management

    Project manager competencies

    Budgeting basics

    Clearly define project scope, goals and objectives

    Identify existing expertise

    Cost savings

    Chapter 4: Develop a layout


    Circulation and reference desk and staff work space

    User work space: computer desks, study areas and spaces for collaboration


    Chapter 5: Interior design basics

    The relationship between elements within the space

    The importance of colour



    Finishing touches

    Chapter 6: Revitalising your digital environment

    Planning your digital renovation

    Renovating your web or intranet presence – simple techniques for keeping your users coming back to your website

    To change or not to change – revitalising the library management system

    Evaluating your current LMS or selecting a new one

    Open source vs. proprietary LMSs

    Other tools and techniques for revitalising your digital space

    Chapter 7: Project completion and final thoughts


Product details

  • No. of pages: 180
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: September 9, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630427
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345916

About the Authors

Dawn Bassett

Dawn Bassett, BA, MLIS, earned her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and has worked mainly as a professional corporate librarian in both for profit and not-for-profit special libraries - but has also worked in academic libraries and as an independent researcher.

Affiliations and Expertise

Canadian Grain Commission

Jenny Fry

Jenny Fry, MA, MLIS, is an Information Services Librarian, Surrey Public Library. Jenny earned her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in 1999. She has worked in a variety of non-profit, corporate, and public libraries, including five years as the solo librarian for the BC Institute Against Family Violence.

Affiliations and Expertise

Surrey Public Library

Brooke Ballantyne-Scott

Brooke Brooke Ballantyne-Scott, BA, MLIS is Colleague, Clinical Librarian for British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services. Brooke manages library sites at both Riverview Hospital and the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in Coquitlam, BC. The library provides mental health and addiction reference services to any professional working in the field on mental health and/or addictions in the province of British Columbia.

Affiliations and Expertise

British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services, Canada

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