On Keeping Libraries Relevant

June 6, 2013

An information management firm specializing in library transformation, Soutron Global, recently hosted the webinar, “Transforming Libraries: What’s Required?” (PDF) The slideshow lays out four keys to successfully bringing an organization’s library into the 21st century. The introduction outlines the webinar:

“1. What is the governance ‘picture’ for sharing knowledge in your organization? Who owns the content?

2. Does your system allow for integrating this knowledge into the organizational workflow?

3. Can you and your team—with the tools you have—operate the specialized library as the company’s knowledge nexus?”

The presentation does share some good information; for example, it suggests beginning with a review of what is already in place before going forward. See the PDF for more. What caught our attention, though, is the telling factoid on slide 11. The presenters polled their audience, and tallied the results during the webinar:

“In your opinion, is your library prepared for meeting your company’s research demands for 2018 (five years from now)?

Poll Results (during the presentation):

Yes 18 percent

No 38 percent

Don’t Know 44 percent”

This means that 82 percent of those polled either don’t know about meeting the research demands in five years or don’t think their libraries can meet those future research demands. Wow. It seems those looking to move forward here have their work cut out for them.

Cynthia Murrell, June 06, 2013

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