Quality and the Academic Library

Quality and the Academic Library : Reviewing, Assessing and Enhancing Service Provision

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Quality and the Academic Library: Reviewing, Assessing and Enhancing Service Provision provides an in-depth review and analysis of quality management and service quality in academic libraries. All aspects of quality are considered in the book, including quality assessment, quality review, and quality enhancement.

An overview of quality management and service quality concepts, principles, and methods leads to a detailed consideration of how they have been applied in universities and their libraries. A case study approach is used with different perspectives provided from the different stakeholders involved in the quality processes.

All contributors adopt a critical reflection approach, reflecting on the implications, impact, and significance of the activities undertaken and the conclusions that can be drawn for future developments. The book concludes with an overall reflection on quality management and service quality in academic libraries with a final analysis of priorities for the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 380g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0128021055
  • 9780128021057

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Quality Management and Service Quality Overview
Chapter 2: Quality, universities and their libraries
Chapter 3: State of the Art: Interviews and survey
Chapter 4: Reviews of the overall service
Chapter 5: Reviews of individual services
Chapter 6: Student support and feedback
Chapter 7: Research support
Chapter 8: Quality methods used by academic libraries: doing it ourselves
Chapter 9: Reflections
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About Jeremy Atkinson

Jeremy Atkinson has wide-ranging experience and expertise in the leadership, management and development of academic library services. He had overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of library and information services at the University of Glamorgan from 1991 to 2012. He previously held library posts at the University of Northumbria, Cardiff University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has had a long standing and active involvement in a large number of UK strategic committees and groups, notably those of Jisc (continuous involvement from 1998 - 2012), SCONUL (including three years as a trustee and member of SCONUL Executive Board) and WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum). For WHELF he was Chair of the WHELF Development Group and responsible for the HELP (Higher Education Libraries in Partnership) project, which defined the future direction of Welsh academic library collaboration, and for the development of the WHEEL (Welsh Higher Education Electronic Library) initiative, covering e-journal and e-book procurement for the Welsh HE sector.
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