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Lean Library Management: Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Services

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Libraries today face reduced budgets, increased customer expectations, and aggressive competition from web-based information sources. Management guru John Huber, a pioneer and leader in the Lean Manufacturing movement, has worked as a consultant with libraries across North America. In this new book, he shows you how to apply Lean principles and practices--how making small, ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Neal-Schuman Publishers (first published January 31st 2011)
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Kate
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-related
Since I'm new to Lean and working at an institution with a recent interest in promoting Lean principles, I found this book quite helpful. The author does a great job of explaining Lean and providing many examples. While most of the examples are from public libraries, he does have a few examples or ideas for academic libraries as well.
Wendy
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book has some valuable information if you are trying to make your processes go faster (eliminate unnecessary steps) but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for.
Linda
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent insight into pursuing LEAN initiatives in libraries.
Ashley
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The library world definitely has its skeptics of the Lean philosophy of management, which emphasizes eliminating waste, streamlining processes, and generally working on having the fastest turn around for service delivery. Huber introduces how Lean can benefit libraries, even though as an industry libraries have a tendency to be change-averse. The most admirable quality of Lean is to increase customer satisfaction while minimizing labor effort, and there are definitely ideas here that are useful ...more
Martyn
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm glad I read (and finished) this book for two reasons. One because I give myself a pat on the back for getting past the implication at the end of Strategy One that I shouldn't read on unless I agree that libraries can only be viable if they are run along aggressive, corporate business models - I don't agree, strongly.

And two because now I know why I and my recently departed (and much missed) manager looked at each other after a recent "Lean Libraries" webinar and high fived - basically becau
...more
Amber
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: leadership
High price for a book marketing common sense. As another reviewer states, this is NOT a how-to guide. It may give you some ideas, but if I've learned anything in my decade of library work, it is that we all do it differently. You're going to have to get out there with your own eyes in your own place of work and look for how to do things more efficiently. Then you're going to have to do the hard work of convincing your staff why it would be better to move the boxes closer to the shelving rather t ...more
Lori
Huber has some great ideas about how to apply Lean to libraries. One of the things I like best about this book is that he talked about Tulsa City County Library system quite often. Being from Tulsa, it just so happens that the downtown Tulsa Central Library is one of my favorite libraries. Huber is also an OSU alum like me, and he also used the OSU library in some examples, as well. That was another library in which I spent many hours... Oh, and TCC (Tulsa Community College) was even mentioned, ...more
Dani
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Lean principles. And of libraries . . . because I'm a librarian. I was really excited to read this book, because I think my library would GREATLY benefit from applying Lean to our workflow, we are in a stage of transition and this would be the PERFECT time to get started. Alas, I was a bit disappointed by the work. Huber is obviously very knowledgeable about Lean and about libraries. But as a consultant for implementing Lean in the library world I though maybe this book had con ...more
Rev. Linda
This book was a deju vu of the years I served in HR for the industrial arena that made parts for Nissan, Toyota, and and other vehicle manufacturers. Many of the Lean principles which this book applies to libraries were familiar (i.e. 5S, Six Sigma, TQM etc), so it was a learning experience to see how Toyota's original ideas could apply in a library. The case studies and diagrams are easy to follow, and reading this was a good prep for a Lean Principles class I will be taking in July at my campu ...more
Chris
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
There was a lot of good information about applying Lean techniques in libraries, however, it is feeling a bit dated. I would love to know what is relevant now compared to 10 years ago. It was also a pretty narrow focus on public libraries. I really liked the appendix the most for exploring a wide variety of approaches that can then be applied across settings. This book also works well in tandem with The Lean Startup as a guide for thinking about quick wins and process implementation.
Benjamin Harvey
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every librarian should read this book. It's not long.
Rebecca
I liked this guy's ideas in the latest issue of AL Magazine.
Rhonda
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not too bad. Has some good ideas
Ruth
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: prof-reading
Decent overview but as others already stated, doesn't provide solutions. Still, worth skimming.
Beth
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent read for any library staff.
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