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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
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|Title:||PERFORMANCE MEASURES OF QUALITY FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IMPLEMENTING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: A DELPHI STUDY|
|Author(s):||John B Harer|
|Volume:||20 ISBN: 978-0-76231-010-4 eISBN: 978-1-84950-206-1|
|Citation:||John B Harer (2003), PERFORMANCE MEASURES OF QUALITY FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IMPLEMENTING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: A DELPHI STUDY, in (ed.) 20 (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.229-296|
|DOI:||10.1016/S0732-0671(02)20011-5 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Academic libraries have endured rapid change in the past two decades that has had repercussions on how they manage their organization and deliver library services. Skyrocketing costs, especially for journals, explosive growth in new technologies, fiscal exigencies caused by a tightening of public financing of most academic institutions, demands for greater accountability, and the onslaught of electronic delivery of networked information, are just some of the major obstacles libraries are encountering (Lubans, 1996; Riggs, 1993; Shaughnessy, 1987). Customers of academic libraries are increasingly less satisfied because of limited resources and the difficulties they encounter in accessing printed material in a traditional library facility (Doughtery, 1992). The emergence of textual materials in electronic form has added a new dimension to this discontent. While such resources have the potential for meeting the information needs more dynamically, the costs for information have been exorbitant, particularly since full electronic texts have not been sufficient in coverage to supplant printed resources (Tenopir, 1993). These phenomena require academic libraries to use a more integrated and flexible approach to problem solving (Gapen, Hampton & Schmitt, 1993).
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