Sarah Anne Murphy has held numerous positions at Ohio State University since 1999. She is currently coordinator of research and reference for the OSU Libraries. Murphy earned a master of business of administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2008 and her master of library science from Kent State University in 2000. She has published papers on Lean Six Sigma, mentoring, and issues related to veterinary medicine libraries in College and Research Libraries, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
A library's infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important. In this collection of case studies, Murphy and her team of contributors describe how quality assessment programs have been implemented and how they are used to continuously improve service at a complete cross-section of institutions. This volume
- Looks at how a program was established within a library organization, the individual roles for staff participating in the program, and singles out which activities and projects were most successful
- Describes programs such as the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, Lean Six Sigma, and ISO 9001:2000
- Examines contexts ranging from a liberal-arts college library and key federal government libraries to libraries that serve major research universities in the United States and Canada
Summarizing specific tools for measuring service quality alongside tips for using these tools most effectively, this book helps libraries of all kinds take a programmatic approach to measuring, analyzing, and improving library services.
Sarah Anne Murphy
Steve Hiller and Stephanie Wright
Lynda S. White
Terriruth Carrier and Nancy B. Turner
Barbara P. Silcox, Mary-Deirdre Coraggio, Susan Makar, and Mylene Ouimette
Xuemao Wang and Emily Thornton
Dana Thomas and Kate Davis
Kymberly Anne Goodson and Daniel Suchy
Laurel Ann Littrell
"These essays are densely written, with helpful advice and many real-world examples of how to accomplish meaningful assessment and improvement. Their optimistic tone and the variety of options presented to achieve and refine a quality infrastructure are encouraging … This book is recommended for librarians searching for fresh ideas on how to improve their libraries."
— Serials Review