May 16, 2022

Journal Article: “A Comprehensive Survey of Research Library Organizational Structure”

The article linked below was published today by Library Leadership & Management.


A Comprehensive Survey of Research Library Organizational Structure


Michael Peper
University of Kansas


Library Leadership & Management
Vol 36, No 1 (2022)

DOI: 10.5860/llm.v36i1.7514


Research library structures have grown in size and complexity over the past several decades. There is no single template for how to organize a library in the 21st century, but it is unclear how much variance in structure truly exists between libraries. This study sought to identify the essential features and characteristics of these structures through the collection and analysis of organization charts. Specifically, this study analyzes the roles and position of senior leaders (e.g. Associate University Librarians, Associate Deans, etc.) as well as how scholarly communications activities are positioned within research libraries. Findings indicate wide variance in the structure of senior leadership roles as well as how a relatively recent library function fits with other units.

Source: 10.5860/llm.v36i1.7514

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17 pages; PDF.

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