Managing Your Library and its Quality

Managing Your Library and its Quality

The ISO 9001 Way

1st Edition - August 22, 2011

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  • Authors: Núria Balagué, Jarmo Saarti
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632797
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346548

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This book, divided into two parts, provides an introduction to the quality management issues and gives a general overview to the use of ISO 9001 in the library environment. The second part presents the main features of ISO 9001:2008 with practical comments and examples on how to implement its clauses in libraries. Whether in the public or in the private sector, libraries can be seen as service organisations: they act in very dynamic environments where users are increasingly demanding new types of services. Thus the adoption of a quality management system helps each library in meeting the needs of the customers. This book covers some key ideas about how to approach the ISO 9001 standard in library terms, or any other information service unit. Managing Your Library and its Quality offers not only a useful approach to quality but it is also an excellent guide on how to manage knowledge within organisations and, a priori, thus should be utilised by the information professional.

Key Features

  • Helps guide the implementation of a quality management system using ISO 9001, a standard widely and successfully used already in all types of organisations around the world
  • Translates the ISO 9001 standard to the terms and language used within the libraries
  • Presents a systematic approach to the quality management in libraries


Personnel at all managerial and supervisory levels within Library and Information Services, especially in academic libraries; Students of LIS, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations


    About the authors

    Part 1: Quality management issues and the use of ISO 9001 in the library environment

    Introduction: quality management in the public sector

    Chapter 1: Quality approaches

    Chapter 2: The ISO standards

    Chapter 3: Origin and evolution of the ISO 9000 standard

    Chapter 4: Which libraries use the ISO 9001 and why

    Part 2: Building your library’s quality management system according to the ISO 9001 standard

    Chapter 5: Introduction

    Chapter 6: Quality management systems – requirements

    Chapter 7: Normative reference

    Chapter 8: Terms and definitions

    Chapter 9: Quality management system

    Chapter 10: Management responsibility

    Chapter 11: Resource management

    Chapter 12: Product realisation

    Chapter 13: Measurement, analysis and improvement

    Chapter 14: The certification process

    Chapter 15: Further ideas for improving the quality management system



Product details

  • No. of pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: August 22, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632797
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346548

About the Authors

Núria Balagué

Dr Núria Balagué is Deputy Director of the Library Services at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) where her responsibilities include the management of the quality system. Balagué has participated in different committees related to university library evaluations in Spain, and is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Librarianship and Documentation Science at Universitat de Barcelona.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Jarmo Saarti

Dr Jarmo Saarti has worked in several libraries in Finland, and is currently the Library Director in the University of Eastern Finland Library. He has been interested in library management issues and has published several papers on the topic. He has also acted as an ISO 9001 QMS auditor.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

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