Library as Enterprise
Libraries evolve in response to shifting external conditions, strategic priorities, and opportunities. OCLC Research explores how libraries organize internally, engage with their campus or community, and act collectively toward shared goals.
28 October 2021
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ixchel M. Faniel, Brittany Brannon, Joanne Cantrell, Christopher Cyr, Brooke Doyle, Peggy Gallagher, Kem Lang, Brian Lavoie, Janet Mason, and Titia van der Werf
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted libraries of all types around the world, requiring library leaders to respond to rapidly shifting community and institutional needs. This briefing shares how leaders adapted during the pandemic and what they envision moving forward to help libraries plan strategically.
Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise
20 August 2020
Rebecca Bryant, Annette Dortmund, Brian Lavoie
The report defines social interoperability and describes the network of campus units involved in major areas of university research support services. It concludes by offering recommendations for cultivating successful cross-campus relationships.
20 August 2019
Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, Mark Sandler
The proposed framework recommends strategies for advancing the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s (BTAA) collective collections toward a more purposeful coordination of their print collections. It defines four traits of a purposeful collective collection that can also apply broadly to other consortium settings.
19 March 2019
Dempsey argues that library collaboration is important—especially in a network environment, where scale is key for efficiency and impact—and must be a strategic focus for libraries and partners. Library collaboration is hard; this paper analyzes why and offers suggestions for improvement.
18 October 2018
Constance Malpas, Roger Schonfeld, Rona Stein, Lorcan Dempsey, Deanna Marcum
This report proposes a new library services framework for academic libraries in place of a collections model. This report studies the relationship between emerging library service paradigms and different university settings and surveys the importance of library service areas according to library directors.
25 June 2018
Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas
The future of academic libraries is transitioning from a collections-based model to a more diffuse services-based model. A new model of excellence for libraries will need to be plural, based on strategic fit to the needs of the institution they serve and not on collection size or gate count.
The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium
2 August 2017
Constance Malpas, Merrilee Proffitt
16 December 2015
Merrilee Proffitt, Jim Michalko, Melissa Renspie
29 June 2015
Brian Lavoie, Constance Malpas
13 October 2012