Lean Library Communication: Mind the Customer

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    Abstract

    Academic libraries have been discovering communication as an important organizational process. Communication seems to be a relevant and important factor to connect with library customers, and - as a result - to involve and to captivate library customers. However, academic libraries tend to fail in organizing communication processes in a customer oriented way. This is most visible in the use of a wide range of (technology enhanced) communication channels like – for example - social media. This behavior is very risky because of any wrong choices, the waste of valuable resources and just forgetting what library customers want. In this research is investigated how academic libraries should organize communication processes in a customer oriented way. The research has been carried out by a literature study about communication processes, communications channels and effective communication. In the empirical part a group of University student was asked to respond to a survey about their communication preferences with a Faculty library. Results show that students prefer to communicate face-to-face, by e-mail, or check the Library’s website.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Scientific Journal
    Volume10
    Issue number28
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2014

    Keywords

    • Academic libraries
    • Communcation processes
    • Communication channels
    • Lean organizations

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