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Strategies for Library Mergers & Centralizing Library Services
Strategies for Library Mergers & Centralizing Library Services
  • Janet Hobbs
  • Linda Schwartz
  • Patricia Ulmer
  • Heather Martin, Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Michelle Kraft
  • Michele Matucheski
  • Kellee Selden
  • Angela Tucker
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  • hospital mergers,
  • medical libraries

Abstract: More hospitals are merging or looking for ways to cut costs. Libraries need know how to respond as a result and/or look for way to centralize services.

Format: This session will have brief presentations followed by panel discussion and interactive question and answer

Sponsors: Hospital Library Section, NAHRS

Objectives: This session will provide success stories and lessons learned from librarians who have gone through library centralization or library integration following hospital mergers. Presentations will cover needs assessment/SWOT analysis, licensing, budgeting, technical challenges, staff, solo perspective, and other considerations.

Audience: Hospital librarians looking to centralize services or who have recently merged or will be impacted by a merger in the future.

Learning Objectives:

1) Discuss the benefits of a needs assessment/SWOT analysis when merging

2) List some of the considerations involved in unifying services

3) Study the licensing and budgeting issues faced by merging

4) Recognize technical issues involved in a merger

5) Describe staffing challenges

6) Discuss challenges faced by solos

Instructional Methods: presentations, slides, question/answer, and panel discussion

Participant Engagement: Presenters will actively solicit questions from audience for immediate answer and provide template materials that can be customized for their institution.

Library Science
Citation Information
Janet Hobbs, Linda Schwartz, Patricia Ulmer, Heather Martin, et al.. "Strategies for Library Mergers & Centralizing Library Services" Strategies for Library Mergers & Centralizing Library Services (2019)
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