McMaster University Libraries: Transforming our Future

November 20, 2006

Transformation Team Wrapping Up

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With the submission of the consultants’ report last week and this week’s Town Hall meetings with Jeff, the Transformation Team is winding down.

In the coming weeks, Jeff and the AULs will be reviewing the consultant’s report and work of the team in more detail. This review process will guide our progress toward a 21st century library that is more integrated with the research, teaching, and learning needs of McMaster and the broader community.

We would like to thank all those who participated in the interviews and focus groups, as well as those who shared their thoughts with us more informally. We look forward to working with all of you as the Library’s transformation progresses!

The Transformation Team


November 13, 2006

Consultants’ Report Released Today

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Jeffrey Trzeciak, McMaster University Librarian, released the Report from Consultants Peter Hausdorf and Karen Boa today.

Entitled “Stakeholder Review of the McMaster University Library Transformation Initiativethe report outlines 21 recommendations in the areas of Operations, Staffing, Teaching, Research and Partnerships.

From the Executive Summary:

“Successful organizational change can be linked to four key components:

  1. leadership and employee commitment
  2. stakeholder commitment
  3. financial and time resources
  4. excellent project execution.

The recommendations in this report reflect these key components. The Library should focus on the implementation of these recommendations within an integrated change management approach.The recommended change process for the McMaster Library can be summarized by three ā€œpā€s ā€“ pace, partnerships and pilots. The pace of change (i.e. how quickly changes are implemented) for different initiatives needs to consider the priorities of stakeholders (with some taking place quickly and others more slowly). A focus on partnerships will ensure that future changes strengthen these relationships to keep the Library relevant to the university community. Pilot refers to the use of pilot projects for new initiatives, which help to minimize risk and, when successful, support the change process.”

All library staff are invited to a Town Hall session with Jeff Trzeciak to review the
report’s recommendations, and to discuss process and general timelines for moving forward. The sessions will be held:

  • Monday November 20 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Convocation Hall)
  • Thursday November 23 9:30 – 11:00 am (Council Chambers – Gilmour Hall 111)

The Transformation Team

September 28, 2006

Transformation Consultants

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Consultants Peter Hausdorf and Karen Boa have been hired to work with the Transformation Team. They were selected because of their work in strategic human resources, and because Peter (the Lead Consultant) has a connection with McMaster. He received his PhD from the School of Business in Business Administration specializing in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations

The consultants will:

  • provide advice to the Team on how to move through this process of organizational change
  • solicit input from library staff and users through a website (stay tuned) which they will pass on to the Team
  • interview approximately 20 key members of the McMaster University community
  • hold approximately 4 employee focus groups
  • work with the Transformation Team to submit a report to the University Librarian

More information on:
* the consulting company:
* Peter and Karen:

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