University of Minnesota: “U Libraries are Model for Admin Structure Analysis”
From The Minnesota Daily:
While University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler pointed to the recent restructuring of the University Libraries as an example of how administrative costs can be minimized, the reorganization resulted in no budgetary reduction.
“Right now we are in the midst of analyzing our organizational structure to learn if and how we can be more efficient,” Kaler said in his Feb. 28 State of the University address. “The Libraries have already completed a similar analysis with tremendous impact.”
Although Kaler used the Libraries’ reorganization as an example of how administration can be streamlined, the organization’s analysis wasn’t motivated by concerns about spans and layers, [Wendy] Lougee [University Librarian] said. Rather, the review aimed to increase efficiency and address the fact that libraries are shifting toward holding more digital items.
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