Premeditated Management: The Law Library as a Long-Term Project
Inside the Minds: How to Manage a Law School Library (Aspatore Books, 2008)
19 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013 Last revised: 22 May 2013
Date Written: 2008
At the most elementary level, librarians are administrators, regardless of what the cards on their desks or signs on their doors read. To be successful, a librarian must have the skills of a project manager, which include organization; initiative; flexibility; assessment; time management; delegation; as well as social/political savvy and communication. These skills are necessary for survival in a busy academic law library because you can be asked to do anything from reference to collection development, and more often to do multiple tasks with competing deadlines. Law libraries are very compartmentalized institutions, and this segregation often leads to departmental tunnel vision and unbalanced visions for the library.
However, if the skills of a project manager are applied in creating and implementing the agenda of a law library, the approach becomes more holistic. All aspects of the library are taken into consideration in creating the road maps to the library's goals. These considerations include external perceptions and needs; the effectiveness of current internal processes and needs; and accurate measurement of individual personnel expertise and how it is being utilized.
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