Changes in Library Organization

Tuesday, 3/2/2021 - Wednesday, 3/3/2021
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

This e-Forum was presented on Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3. View the summary of this e-Forum.

Organizations rarely remain static and must change as their mission and goals change. The traditional library as a print repository is changing as we retool librarianship and traditional library roles. Libraries are adapting their services to meet the needs of the post-pandemic campus, as well as supporting the changing needs of teaching and emerging scholarship (e.g. text and data mining, data curation, and preservation.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • Reasons for changing an organization’s structure
  • Best practices for approaching and conducting the reorganizational process
  • The skills needed to enact organizational change:
    • Leadership
    • Time and Project Management
    • Communication
    • Creativity
    • Engagement
    • Examine and critique organizational models:
      • Library
      • Division
      • Department
    • Examine position descriptions and job titles that support the new model
    • How to address and mitigate anxiety and boost morale throughout the process

Who Should Attend

Library administrators, managers, and supervisors who have experience with or would just like to explore the issues surrounding organizational change.


Susan Martin is the Collection Development and Management department chair in the James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to this, she was the Head of Acquisitions Services at The University of Chicago Library. Her professional interests include workflow efficiency, recruitment, retention, and development of staff. She has been re-organized many times during her professional career. In her spare time, she enjoys traditional librarian pursuits, such as book collecting, knitting, and cats, none of which require organizational change.


David Schuster is the Interim Associate University Librarian for Library Technical Services, Technology and Special Collections at Binghamton University in Binghamton NY. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Library Technology and Special Collections at Binghamton. The Binghamton Libraries are starting to explore a new strategic plan which will inevitably bring change to how libraries are organized and viewed on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, reading mysteries, and gardening.




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