Public library planning: a routine practice?

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Show simple item record Pacios Lozano, Ana Reyes 2020-12-01T08:49:12Z 2020-12-01T08:49:12Z 2017-06
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Pacios Lozano, A.R. (2017). Public library planning: a routine practice?, Library Management, v. 38 n. 4/5, pp. 237-247
dc.identifier.issn 0143-5124
dc.description.abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to study whether organisations, in this case libraries, continue to plan after having done so at least once, and whether they conduct planning on a routine basis. Design/methodology/approach - The websites of 71 libraries, that in 2006 had a strategic or long-term plan, were analysed to determine whether in 2016 they had a new plan in place. Where there was none or where the name of the plan had changed, e-mails were sent to the head librarian to ascertain the reasons. Findings - A total of 71.83 per cent of the libraries in the sample had a new plan underway in October 2016, i.e., ten years later. A significant rise (+ 8.03 per cent) in the number of three-year plans was observed relative to 2006, perhaps because the crisis and resulting uncertainty have induced libraries to narrow their decision-making windows. A preference for the term "strategic plan": over "long-range plan" was also detected in 2016. Originality/value - The study provides empirical evidence of the existence of routine planning. The continuity of plans in a series of libraries shows that in practice planning is a systematic, continuous and iterative activity, as contended in planning theory.
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.rights Copyright © 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Strategic Plan
dc.subject.other Public Library
dc.subject.other Planning
dc.subject.other Routine
dc.subject.other Organizational Strategy
dc.subject.other Long-Range Plan
dc.title Public library planning: a routine practice?
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Biblioteconomía y Documentación
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 237
dc.identifier.publicationissue 4/5
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 247
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Library Management
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 38
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000022134
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