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38 College and Research Libraries 498 (1977)


Most of the literature about consultants in the field of academic librarianship relates to the construction of library facilities. By combining pointers from the business field, where application of the consulting engagement has touched upon a broader range of activities, a more general discussion is presented regarding the need and preparation for and the selection of library consultants. These activities are presented as steps in the organizational change process. First, a decision model is presented for determining the need for a library consultant. Second, preparation for the consulting engagement is discussed. Finally, recommendations are set forth for the selection of an appropriate consulting firm or individual.