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  • 1. Using the Balanced Scorecard to formulate your library’s e-Strategy
  • 2. Content
    • The Balanced Scorecard
    • Web / Library 2
    • Creating an e-Strategy within the framework of the Balanced Scorecard
    • Practical
  • 3. The Balanced Scorecard
  • 4. What is the Balanced Scorecard?
    • A management methodology to help bridge the gap between strategic objectives and their operational execution
    • A methodology to give managers a comprehensive and balanced view of the organisation
  • 5. Advantages of using the Balanced Scorecard
    • It helps to focus the whole organisation on what must be done to create breakthrough performance
    • It can act as an integrating device for a number of diverse and often unconnected programmes, e.g. customer service; process redesign
  • 6. The four perspectives of the Balanced Scorecard
  • 7. Customer perspective
    • “ To achieve our vision, how should we appear to our customers ?”
  • 8. Internal processes perspective
    • “ To satisfy our shareholders and customers, what business processes must we excel at?”
  • 9. Learning and growth perspective
    • “ To achieve our vision, how will we sustain our ability to change and improve ?”
  • 10. Financial perspective
    • “ To succeed financially, how should we appear to our shareholders ?”
  • 11. Web / Library 2 http:// /
  • 12. What is social software?
    • Social software encompasses a range of software systems that allow users to interact and share data . (This computer-mediated communication has become very popular with social sites like MySpace and Facebook , media sites like Flickr and YouTube , and commercial sites like and eBay .) Many of these applications share characteristics like open APIs , service oriented design, and the ability to upload data and media. The terms Web 2.0 and (for large-business applications) Enterprise 2.0 are also used to describe this style of software.
  • 13. YouTube channel for UP Library Video clips on the Library’s FB
  • 14. Facebook : Information specialists available in the student environment Business Facebook for UP Library I think this is the best library I've been in so far... I really don't mind the fact that some of the computers don't have editing capabilities on some levels because I the end of the day, most students are registered for at least 2 other computer labs plus the library... Anyway, I like the fact that they have the reserved collection. Some of us don't have the budget for expensive textbooks... I just enjoy the humanities level because they have a collection of French books that I always wanted to read when I was a kid back in DRC… Embedded slideshare on Special Collections
  • 15. Download our blog on your phone
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  • 18. Games developed for information literacy: general & catalogue
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  • 20. Creating an e-Strategy within the framework of the Balanced Scorecard
    • The Balanced Scorecard is a concept that organisations can implement in many ways; it must fit the organisation
  • 21. e-Strategy
    • Vision / Strategic focus
    • Strategic objectives
  • 22. Strategic focus / vision
  • 23. Library 2 strategic focus (example) Enhance the clients’ e-Environment with Library 2 services and products
  • 24. Customer perspective – strategic objective
    • Monitor impact of Web 2 implementation on client
  • 25. Internal processes perspective – strategic objective
    • Integrate Web 2 tools into current business processes e.g. rating of books in catalogue
  • 26. Learning and growth perspective – strategic objective
    • Present training workshops on key Web 2 tools to library staff
  • 27. Financial perspective – strategic objective
    • Make use of freely available Web 2 tools
    • Road show on library applications to interested parties
  • 28. Practical
    • Formulate your library’s e-Strategy: strategic focus and at least one objective for each perspective
    • Construction of Balanced Scorecard for a library
      • Assignment : construct / create / build own view of Balanced Scorecard: strategic focus and 4 perspectives
      • Material : construction kits / educational toys ; articles; flip charts, markers …
  • 29. Conclusion
    • The Balanced Scorecard is well suited to the kind of organisation that libraries are trying to become
    • It puts strategic focus & objectives , not control, at the center
    • It establishes goals but assumes that people will take whatever actions is necessary to arrive at those goals
  • 30. Credits
    • Presenters: Heila Pienaar ( [email_address] ) & Martie van Deventer ( [email_address] )
    • Using the Balanced Scorecard to formulate your Library’s e-Strategy (this presentation), August 2009.
    • Pienaar, H., Penzhorn, C. 2000. Using the Balanced Scorecard to facilitate
    • strategic management at an academic information service. Libri, September 2000, 50(3): 202-209.
    • Pienaar, H., Smith, I. 2008. Development of a library 2.0 service model for an
    • African library. Library Hi Tech News, 25(5): 7-10.;jsessionid=78A376CF81DB520E7A35DEC90D1DB231?containerType=Issue&containerId=6013282
    • Pienaar, H. Libraries on the move - shifting barriers, going places, sharing
    • spaces. Stellenbosch University Library 10th annual symposium, 6-7 November 2008. Stellenbosch. ;