Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Nancy J. Busch

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Published in Library Philosophy and Practice (2011) 13 p.


This article explains the purpose and methodology of physically re-arranging a large work area used for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Libraries Technical Services operations. The article also provides information and experience on utilizing Project Management for working through the process of relocation of staff, furniture and equipment. The authors also discuss the management theory that provided a framework for the Libraries administrative staff to investigate the future of the department. Changing formats, new technologies, staff reductions, and dwindling materials budgets were factors considered and integrated into the project. Finally, evaluation and follow up on the project provides insight into the success of the Project Management model and indicates that while the project began as a way to re-allocate space, it became an example of how Technical Services needs to continuously re-invent itself based on current budgetary and technological realities.