New Research Article: “The Management of Change in the Information Age: Approaches of Academic Library Directors the USA”
The following full text article was recently published online.
The Management of Change in the Information Age: Approaches of Academic Library Directors the USA
School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia
Library and Information Research
Vol 39, No 120 (2015)
This study examined the approaches that academic library directors use to manage change using Bolman and Deal’s reframing change model as a guide. In addition, a regression analysis was conducted to study the influences of demographics, library characteristics and human capital variables on the approaches used. Data were collected from an online survey and descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the collected data. The findings reveal that the frame-related issues in academic libraries and director managerial actions coincided with and confirmed the Bolman and Deal model. Results demonstrate that directors actually used multiple approaches as well as single and dual approaches to manage change. Demographic variables such as age and library characteristics such as library type and library size were significant predictors of the approaches used, but this study indicates that human capital variables and number of library branches made no difference. The results are helpful to better understand directors’ attitudes and behaviours, and the factors that influence approaches to change management.
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Note: Library and Information Research is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a professional organization based in the UK.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.