Creating a library holding group: an approach to large system integration
Keywords:Efficiency, Organizational*, Information Storage and Retrieval/Statistics & Numerical Data*, Libraries, Hospital/Organization & Administration*, Medical/Organization & Administration*, Library Collection Development, Organizational Innovation
Purpose: Faced with resource constraints, many hospital libraries have considered joint operations. This case study describes how Providence Health & Services created a single group to provide library services.
Methods: Using a holding group model, staff worked to unify more than 6,100 nonlibrary subscriptions and 14 internal library sites.
Results: Our library services grew by unifying 2,138 nonlibrary subscriptions and 11 library sites and hiring more library staff. We expanded access to 26,018 more patrons.Conclusions: A model with built-in flexibility allowed successful library expansion. Although challenges remain, this success points to a viable model of unified operations.
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