And then there were none.
December 8, 2011 6:10 AM Subscribe
Knowing full well I will be pilloried for this: We have a library at work (13,000 mostly-technical books and about 100 active periodical subscriptions, 200 users), but the 1 full-time librarian will retire in 2012 and a new hire is not going to happen ... What's next? (please read the questions inside)
Have you seen any good case studies on how to run an unstaffed library with well-intentioned but not necessarily organized users?
What problems can be solved by technology? architecture? organization? good policy? social engineering?
What problems will never be solved, or unforeseen until it's too late?
What do we need a portion of someone's time to do still?
Google offers me a lot of information about unmanned military drones and automated check-out systems, but I am interested in a more holistic view from your experience or bookmarks.
Trust me, if the hiring decision is reversed, y'all are the first group I will think of but we are probably not in your area.
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