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This publication explores all of these aspects of library consolidation through commentary, research, and case studies written by librarians with experience navigating these events. Individual chapters address either the entire process of a consolidation or closure, multiple aspects of one or more experiences, or one aspect that is particularly important such as communicating with faculty or using data to make decisions about collections.  Difficult Decisions: Closing And Merging Academic Libraries is a comprehensive resource for library administrators faced with making these decisions, librarians asked to assist with these challenging projects, and anyone working in a library undergoing a merger.

Difficult Decisions: Closing And Merging Academic Libraries is appropriate for all types of academic libraries as well as for schools of library and information science.

Amber Lannon and Sara Holder

Chapter 1. Merging, Creating, Transforming: The New Service Model Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
JoAnn Jacoby and Susan E. Searing

Chapter 2.Shifting Borders: Changes in the Scholarly Landscape and Integration of Area Studies Libraries to Accomplish New Service Goals in an Academic Library
Steve Witt, Joe Lenkart, and Lynne M. Rudasill

Chapter 3. Merging the Social and Health Sciences Step by Step
Nancy P. O'Brien, Mary Beth Allen, Peg Burnette, Cindy Ingold, Kelly A. McCusker, and Beth Sheehan

Chapter 4. Regaining Equilibrium on a Tilting Planet within the Higher Education Universe: A Scholarly Personal Narrative
Rebecca Rose

Chapter 5. The Very Model of a Modern Major Library*
Nancy Roderer, Blair Anton, Will Bryant, Robert Gresehover, Stella Seal, Claire Twose, and Sue Woodson

Chapter 6. Change in the 21st-Century Library: Fate or Opportunity?
Tomalee Doan, Linda Rose, and Mary McNeil

Chapter 7. Unanticipated Opportunities from Closed Libraries: Pivoting for the Future
James T. Crocamo, Jeffrey Lancaster, and Ellie Ransom

Chapter 8. A Tale of Three Libraries: Lessons Learned from Three Branch Mergers at McGill University
Jill T. Boruff, Katherine Hanz, Sara Holder, Maya Kucij, Jessica Lange, and Amber Butler Lannon

Chapter 9. One Hundred Years of History: Closing and Consolidating the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library
Amy Butros

Chapter 10. Using Data to Make Collections Decisions: A Case Study from University of California, Berkeley    
Susan Edwards and Hilary Schiraldi

Chapter 11. Everything Must Move: Coordinating the Implementation of a Large Collection Merger
Giovanna Badia

Chapter 12. When Libraries Combine: Creating a Georgia Regents University Libraries Website
Virginia Feher and Kim Mears

Chapter 13. Hidden from View: The Role of Organizational Culture in Collegiate Restructuring
Lynn N. Baird

Chapter 14. Branch Mergers at the University of British Columbia Library: A Case Study in Communication
Simon Neame

About the Authors

Amber Butler Lannon

Amber Butler Lannon is an associate librarian and head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill University. She has coauthored several articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including e-book usage, library closures, library management, and dog therapy in libraries. She is an active member of the Academic Business Library Directors Group and a founding editor of Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review. In addition to her MLIS from Dalhousie University, she has an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

"For those librarians who will be dealing with these projects, this book provides valuable insights and useful, practical techniques."
— Journal of Academic Librarianship