Consolidation: A Tale of Two Libraries

Authors

  • Jeffrey J. Heck Georgia Regents University
  • Kathy J. Davies Georgia Regents University
  • Fay L. Verburg Georgia Regents University
  • Marianne Brown Georgia Regents University
  • Virginia L. Loveless Georgia Regents University
  • Sandra L. Bandy Georgia Regents University
  • Brenda L. Seago Georgia Regents University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5860/llm.v28i1.7045

Keywords:

consolidation, merger, governance, organizational structure, promotion and tenure, organizational culture, Augusta State University, Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Regents University

Abstract

This paper describes the initiating action, planning, adaptations, and official conclusion of a one-year consolidation of a professional health-sciences library with a largely commuter-student undergraduate liberal arts library, during the consolidation of their corresponding universities. Ties existed between some university programs, such as nursing, but the cultures of the two universities differed. The structure established to handle the consolidation allowed effective communication and cooperative development of policies and processes. Reaccreditation efforts also required extensive work to reflect the new university. Crucial lessons were learned from the intensive effort.

Author Biographies

Jeffrey J. Heck, Georgia Regents University

Interim Director of Reese Library University Libraries Associate Professor

Kathy J. Davies, Georgia Regents University

Chair, Research and Education Services Greenblatt Library University Libraries Associate Professor

Fay L. Verburg, Georgia Regents University

Chair, Reference and Education Services Reese Library University Libraries Assistant Professor

Marianne Brown, Georgia Regents University

Business Manager University Libraries

Virginia L. Loveless, Georgia Regents University

Project Manager Reese Library University Libraries

Sandra L. Bandy, Georgia Regents University

Chair, Content Management Greenblatt Library University Libraries Assistant Professor

Brenda L. Seago, Georgia Regents University

Director University Libraries Professor

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Published

2013-11-07

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Peer Reviewed