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Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Opportunities for Change
Pamela Bluh, Cindy Hepfer (ALCTS)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8516-8
Publisher: ALCTS
Price: $53.50
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120 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8516-8
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: TS

The authors represented in this book skillfully illustrate how ambitious, energetic librarians can transform their organizations, re-envision library services, focus attention on the needs of library users, and partner with other institutions or organizations to make libraries more exciting and relevant.  By imagining new ways of working, by managing risk, by doing due diligence, by sharing experiences, by supporting each other, and by encouraging entrepreneurial enterprises, librarians are well-positioned to seize and create opportunities.

The brush strokes painted in this book are broad and relate to public and academic libraries, user services and bibliographic control, administration and the scholarly communications process. Themes of experimentation, the joy of building on success, as well as of forgiveness and the ability to learn from failures, color the pages and open the reader's mind to new ideas.
Table of Contents
Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer
Entrepreneurship and Risk in Libraries: Seizing and Creating Opportunities for Change
Marshall Keys
Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Licenses
Michael Carroll
Moderately Risky Business: Challenging Librarians to Assume More Risk in an Era of Opportunity
Joyce Ogburn
Bibliographic Control 2.0? Entrepreneurial Lessons from Web 2.0
Regina Reynolds and Diane Boehr
Two College Libraries Merge Their Technical Services Departments: A Case Study of Denison University and Kenyon College
Lynn Scott Cochrane and Amy Badertscher
McMaster University Libraries 2.0: Transforming Traditional Organizations
Jeffrey Trzeciak
Warning: When Rowing Forward This Boat May Rock
Rivkah Sass

About the Authors
Pamela Bluh is Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law.

Cindy Hepfer
is Continuing Resources Cataloging Team Leader, Central Technical Services, University at Buffalo (SUNY).
"This new work edited by Bluh and Hepfer inspires and provokes the library community to think and act with an expanded understanding and embracing of the mutability and innovation so essential to organizational success. The chapters offer a diversity of perspectives and case studies by authors who speak to us with authority about risk and with confidence in our entrepreneurial spirit."--James G. Neal, Columbia University