Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Opportunities for Change

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The authors represented in this book skillfully illustrate how ambitious, energetic librarians can transform their organizations, re-envision library services, focus attention on the needs of library users, and partner with other institutions or organizations to make libraries more exciting and relevant. By imagining new ways of working, by managing risk, by doing due diligence, by sharing experiences, by supporting each other, and by encouraging entrepreneurial enterprises, librarians are well-positioned to seize and create opportunities.

The brush strokes painted in this book are broad and relate to public and academic libraries, user services and bibliographic control, administration and the scholarly communications process. Themes of experimentation, the joy of building on success, as well as of forgiveness and the ability to learn from failures, color the pages and open the reader's mind to new ideas.

Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer
Entrepreneurship and Risk in Libraries: Seizing and Creating Opportunities for Change
Marshall Keys
Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Licenses
Michael Carroll
Moderately Risky Business: Challenging Librarians to Assume More Risk in an Era of Opportunity
Joyce Ogburn
Bibliographic Control 2.0? Entrepreneurial Lessons from Web 2.0
Regina Reynolds and Diane Boehr
Two College Libraries Merge Their Technical Services Departments: A Case Study of Denison University and Kenyon College
Lynn Scott Cochrane and Amy Badertscher
McMaster University Libraries 2.0: Transforming Traditional Organizations
Jeffrey Trzeciak
Warning: When Rowing Forward This Boat May Rock
Rivkah Sass

Pamela Bluh

Pamela Bluh is associate director for technical services and administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is also responsible for the law school's institutional repository, the Digital Commons@UM Law. She has been active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) for many years, having served as chair of the ALCTS Serials Section, chair of the Fundraising and Continuing Education Committees, and president of ALCTS (2007–2008). As editor of the ALCTS Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections from 2003 to 2006, she worked closely with Cindy Hepfer to edit several publications. She was awarded the 2004 ALCTS Serials Section's Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for her contributions to serials librarianship and received the 2012 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cindy Hepfer

Cindy Hepfer was continuing e-resource management and cataloging librarian at State University of New York at Buffalo; she is now retired.

"This new work Bluh and Hepfer inspires and provokes the library community to think and act with an expanded understanding and embracing of the mutability and innovation so essential to organizational success. The chapters offer a diversity of perspectives and case studies by authors who speak to us with authority about risk and with confidence in our entrepreneurial spirit."--James G. Neal, Columbia University

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