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This paper will report on the results of a study of library reorganizations in the literature. The authors identified five steps common to all library reorganizations, and this paper describes those steps as well as two management change theories most mentioned in the literature--the eight-step process of change by John Kotter and Reframing Organizations by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal. The paper will draw conclusions formed by a comparison of these theoretical models to the practice and real life experience of reorganizations as described by libraries in the literature.


Academic libraries; Change management; Four-frame model; Library organization; Reorganization; Restructuring


Library and Information Science


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in College & Undergraduate Libraries on November 13, 2015, available online:

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Novak, J., & Day, A. (2015). The Libraries They Are A Changin’: How Libraries Reorganize. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 358-373. 10.1080/10691316.2015.1067663

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