Creating a new library for Macquarie University

are we there yet?

Maxine Brodie, Meredith Martinelli

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to document the long-term, transformational change strategies that the authors are using to create a new Library at Macquarie University. Design/methodology/approach - The strategies are explained using the metaphor of a journey, with a roadmap, or guiding principles, the milestones reached and next steps for the future. They are also discussed in the context of University and Library strategic planning and with reference to the concepts emerging from Library 2.0 discussions. Findings - During 2005/2006 the authors transformed the design of jobs and structure to build a more flexible Library that is agile, resilient, informed, connected, successful and responsible. These changes are being implemented during 2006/2007, supported by extensive training and new approaches to planning, team building, performance monitoring and governance. Two significant changes are being made. One is the construction of a new library building to reaffirm the centrality to research and learning. Also, strategies to maximise the visibility and use of physical resources in this new environment are being implemented. A new technical architecture to underpin all of the activities is being designed. Originality/value - The aim in creating a new Library is to make the services client-centric rather than library-centric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-568
Number of pages12
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number8/9
Publication statusPublished - 2007



  • library planning
  • library restructure
  • library design
  • library 2.0

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