Intrapreneurship Handbook for Librarians
How to Be a Change Agent in Your Library
by Arne J. Almquist and Sharon G. Almquist
January 2017, 153pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-528-2
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This resource will help you enhance your library’s ability to serve its clientele even if you’ve been discouraged or prevented from expressing your creativity to improve the status quo.

Do you have a great idea for an innovation in your library? From idea to execution, this book provides the information necessary to help you to become an intrapreneurial star at your library.

Have you ever presented an idea to your boss and had it so firmly rejected that you never want to suggest anything again? Do you feel locked into a rigid hierarchy where bureaucracy has strangled all innovation? Are you motivated to shake things up in your organization to improve it, but are afraid of drowning in the waves you’ll create? This book explains how any individual can be an effective change agent in his/her library, addressing topics such as getting started, handling difficult situations, creating partnerships both within and outside of your organization, cutting through bureaucratic red tape, and maintaining momentum with initiatives.

Written by librarians who are both experienced entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs, Intrapreneurship Handbook for Librarians: How to Be a Change Agent in Your Library explains what being a library intrapreneur is all about: being empowered to find innovate ways to increase impact, grow resources, and develop new methods of leveraging the skills and perspectives of librarianship to enable the survival of libraries—all while enjoying your job more. The chapters guide readers through the intrapreneurial process—from writing a plan and selling it to administrators and other stakeholders, to securing funding for the idea and actualizing the plan—and answers tough questions such as “How do I let my clients know what my library can offer?”, “How do we compete with the Internet?”, and “How do I gain support for our services in a time of budget cuts?” This book will be a priceless resource for all librarians regardless of experience level or type of library as the principles and guidelines described are universal.


  • Provides readers with a unique understanding of the application of the intrapreneurial concept within libraries and helps librarians acquire a new and essential survival skill
  • Supplies practical, actionable information in a clear, literate, and commonsense style that lends itself equally well to linear reading or use as a reference
  • Presents the viewpoints of two successful library entrepreneurs sharing their experiences of what has worked—and what hasn't
  • Includes processes, short case studies, and "food for thought" sections that fully document and flesh out the ideas presented
Arne J. Almquist is associate provost for learning sciences and technologies and dean of the library at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Under his leadership, NKU's library has developed very successful undergraduate and continuing education programs in library science and was successful in obtaining two nearly $1 million Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants to fund statewide library science education partnerships in Kentucky and West Virginia. He has presented and published on library marketing, entrepreneurship, and implementation of information technology. Almquist holds a doctorate in information science from the University of North Texas.

Sharon G. Almquist teaches as an online adjunct professor at several universities and is currently pursuing a certificate in entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University. Previously, she served as head of the media library at the University of North Texas. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Distributed Learning and Virtual Librarianship; Greenwood's Opera Mediagraphy: Video Recordings and Motion Pictures and Opera Singers in Recital, Concert, and Feature Film: A Mediagraphy; and Sound Recordings and the Library.


"A straightforward, helpful guide for librarians and information professionals wishing to explore new avenues for services, engagement in patron needs, and embedded librarianship. . . . An easily digested handbook designed to be used easily at work."—The Library Quarterly, July 18, 2018
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