Theory, research and practice in library management 1 : flexibility

2008-02-26T09:53:17Z (GMT) by Graham Walton
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the concept of flexibility as it applies to libraries. Design/methodology/approach – Specific cases are from the literature introduced where libraries have introduced aspects of flexibility. Lessons that can be learned from other sectors regarding flexibility are also presented. Findings – There are three central themes for libraries to address when considering the various theories and research around flexibility: importance of management, human resources issues and the need to know the user. Flexibility has to be managed proactively as a concept in libraries. Originality/value – The paper provides food for thought for library practitioners in the use of flexibility in an increasingly uncertain world.