“A Comprehensive Survey of the Organizational Structure of Research Libraries”

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


A comprehensive survey of the organizational structure of research libraries


Michael Pepe
University of Kansas


Direction and management of the library
Vol 36, No 1 (2022)

DO I: 10.5860/llm.v36i1.7514


Research library structures have grown in size and complexity over the past few decades. There is no single model for organizing a library in the 21st century, but it is unclear how much structure actually varies between libraries. This study aimed to identify the essential features and characteristics of these structures through the collection and analysis of organizational charts. Specifically, this study analyzes the roles and position of senior staff (e.g., associate academic librarians, associate deans, etc.) as well as how scholarly communication activities are positioned within research libraries. The results indicate a wide variation in the structure of senior management roles as well as how a relatively new library function fits in with other units.

Source: 10.5860/llm.v36i1.7514

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17 pages; PDF.

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