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[Review of the book] Managing change: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians, by S. C. Curzon.

Corrall, Sheila (2006) [Review of the book] Managing change: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians, by S. C. Curzon. Book Reviews.

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Reviews the second edition of a 1989 manual on change management for librarians. A significant addition is a set of 15 “change scenarios,” intended as discussion points or coaching prompts for teaching or training sessions. The scenarios cover academic and public libraries, but include only one example based in a special library; and while they include a few classic strategic issues (dealing with budget cuts, turning round poorly performing organizations), they omit many common contemporary challenges, such as introducing new technology, relocating a service, and merging separate units, concentrating instead on micro-level issues involving behavioural problems and interpersonal conflicts. Other weaknesses for professional education include a failure to reference change management theories and models from the literature, or reflect current thinking on the subject, which has moved away from seeing change as an orderly, linear process with a defined end-point, as suggested by the step-by-step model presented. However, the book contains useful advice on forming a change task force, analysing resistance to change, and the need to evaluate the process. Awards it a score of 3 out of 5.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Date: 2006
Date Type: Publication
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Journal or Publication Title: Book Reviews
Publisher: Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences (HEA-ICS)
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Change, management, Information, services, Interpersonal, skills, Libraries, Organizational, behavior, Technological, change.
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Additional Information: The UK Higher Education Academy previously hosted "subject centers" to share best practices in teaching and learning support in specific disciplines. The centers ceased to exist from January 2012, but resources from their archived websites are still available.
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 20:50
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59


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