Maximizing an economic recession through strategic organizational repositioning

Adam Murray (University Libraries, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 31 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the possibilities for strategically and politically repositioning a library, despite economic hardships, for stronger relations with administration, local government, and user communities.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents a case study of Murray State University Libraries' efforts to seize the current recession to conduct capital construction planning, donor development, and political positioning for a new library facility. Additionally, the case study details some of the activities undertaken during the recession to implement a pay‐per‐view journal article process and value‐added reference services.

Findings

This case study finds that strategically repositioning a library with administration, local government, or the user community can be undertaken on either larger or smaller scales, depending on the particular circumstances in which a library operates.

Originality/value

While the literature is rife with papers urging libraries and librarians to undertake strategic and political repositioning efforts during economic recessions, this paper provides a holistic case study of a library successfully doing just that.

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Citation

Murray, A. (2011), "Maximizing an economic recession through strategic organizational repositioning", The Bottom Line, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 13-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880451111142006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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