Best Practices for Corporate Libraries

by Sigrid E. Kelsey and Marjorie J. Porter, Editors


In recent decades, corporate libraries have faced both downsizing and outsourcing, putting them on the forefront of changes to library structure and confronting them with a need to prove their worth, notwithstanding the fact that studies show higher-performing companies are more likely to have a corporate library. How can corporate libraries find new methods for providing necessary services?

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March 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 337
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Management and Administration/General
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Knowledge Management

In this book, experts in the field describe best practices based on their experiences in corporate libraries worldwide.

With information driving today's global economy, corporate librarians must become even more proactive in their daily assignments. Best Practices for Corporate Libraries will help them do just that through a series of papers that offer an international array of opinion and practice methods.

This book showcases current practices in corporate library functions and suggests best practices for current librarians. It also examines some of the changes in librarianship that have arisen from changes in how information is provided and how corporations are now organized. Topics covered include library service functions, return on investment, measurements and evaluation, collaboration, communication and outreach in corporations, managing changes in the corporation and in the library, and legal issues such as intellectual property concerns. Drawing from the experience of 25 contributors, the book includes chapters covering corporate libraries in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Barbados, and Nigeria.


  • 44 graphs and figures demonstrating concepts and providing data
  • Six photographs of library events and services
  • A glossary of business and library terms
  • A bibliography for each chapter in the book


  • Provides practical advice on management and evaluation of corporate libraries
  • Includes contributions from 25 practicing corporate librarians and scholars in library science from different countries and global corporations
  • Will enable corporate librarians to better understand how traditional library values fit the for-profit sector
Author Info

Sigrid E. Kelsey is librarian at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. She is editor of Catholic Library World and recipient of the 2010 ACRL College Libraries Section Proquest Innovation in College Librarianship Award, the 2010 Louisiana Library Association Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award, and the 2009 ACRL-LA Scholar of Librarian of the Year Award.

Marjorie J. Porter is assistant librarian at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, where she is the designated librarian for the College of Agriculture.

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