Monday, May 21, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
A. History of Business
B. Libraries in American Business and Industry
• Introduction to the course
• History of company library development
• Types and distribution of special libraries
C. Special Libraries Association
• SLA’s History
• SLA Salary Surveys
• SLA and Research
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
We will visit corporate libraries.
One of the places we will visit has specific rules. No weapons of any kind (includes small pen knives) and no cell phones. No one but those on the class list may visit, including children. No cameras.
These apply just for Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
NOTE: There is nothing to purchase for this course. I will supply all of the readings and cases at no cost to the student.
Read: (3) Resuscitated! The EPA Libraries’ Near Death Experience
(4) Staying Afloat in Turbulent Waters: News/Media Libraries Hit Hard
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
Corporate Library Closings
• Beacon Gas Company
• Maryland Glass Company
• Winston Engineering
• Precision Engineering Company
• Specialty Chemical Corporation
With your group, prepare a 10 minute oral report on the company assigned. Brief description of the firm and any reason for closure.
Be creative in your presentation.
These 5 cases represent the only record of company libraries that have closed. Other company libraries have closed since these cases were written. We do not have any data on those closures, however.
Read: (5) Corporate Libraries: A Soft Analysis, A Warning, and Some Generic Advice
(6) Alternate Sourcing: A critical component of your survival toolkit
Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
A. Value of the Information Professional
• SLA Task Force on the Value of the Information Professional
B. The Value of a Corporate Library
• Discuss the value of the corporate library in your group. Specifically, where is the value?
C. Evaluating the Corporate Library
• The Double Edged Sword
D. The Future of Corporate Libraries in the U.S.
• External competition - fees for information service; the vendor
• External competition - other sources
• Internal competition
• The corporate library of the future: possible scenarios
• Outsourcing - Offshoring
E. Corporate Libraries in Europe and Japan
Read: (7) Scenario Planning as Preventative Medicine: The Case of the Unexpected Takeover
Friday, May 25, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
Corporate Library Excellence
• Allergan Pharmaceuticals
• Chevron Corporation
• System Planning Corporation
• Abbott Laboratories
With your group, prepare a 10 minute oral report on the companies assigned. Brief description of the firms and any reasons for excellence.
Be creative in your presentation.
Read: “Saving Special Libraries” (9)
Students work in teams:
Specialty/System Planning Team
• First Written Paper (an individual assignment)
Terse Analysis: Typed 3 pages. “Did this library have to close?” Take a position and defend your position. Do not repeat the content of the case. THINK! Paper due 12 Noon, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Your analysis will be judged on the quality of the content and the clarity of the presentation. Above all else, you will be judged on the originality of your thought. All of your written work will be graded on this basis.
Please do not use cover sheets, binders etc. on any of the papers. These are not necessary.
• Second Written Paper (an individual assignment)
Terse Analysis: Typed 3 pages on the Reasons for success and excellence. Do not repeat the case in your analysis. THINK! Paper due 12 Noon. - Friday, May 25, 2012.