Document Type


Peer Reviewed


Publication Date


Journal/Book/Conference Title

Library Leadership & Management

Total Pages

29 pages


Beginning in November 2010 and culminating in February 2012, the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries began planning a significant structural reorganization. Local, pragmatic drivers for the change included retirements at the executive level and the loss of professional librarian lines due to the Great Recession of 2008. But other, more important catalysts existed and are driving similar reorganization efforts in research libraries across the country. The increasingly interdisciplinary, digital, and inter-institutional nature of scholarship, research and teaching requires a more flexible, team-managed research library. Dramatic shifts in how institutions of higher education are funded are also fueling the need to reevaluate organizational structures. This article will explore the process, strategy, and on-going efforts to recreate the research library at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Journal Article Version

Version of Record

Published Article/Book Citation

Library Leadership & Management 2015, (vol. 29 no.3): 1-29.


Copyright © 2015 Jack M. Maness and John Culshaw