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 "How to apply Lean Approach in Libraries": Webinar

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Libraries are seeking ways to increase patrons’ satisfaction by improving their performance and the quality of their services. At the same time, they aim to lower their costs, reduce waste and optimize their use of space. The lean approach, a work method commonly used in the car industry, is well suited for adaptation by libraries to help them achieve these goals. The lean approach helps to maximize customer benefits during the production, manufacturing and service delivery process, by adapting to customers’ and users’ changing needs and working to achieve the highest quality using the least amount of resources.


By the end of this workshop, participants will understand:
  • The basic principles, nature and historical development of the lean approach
  • The benefits for libraries of applying lean approach principles
  • Best practices of the lean approach 
  • Application of the various tools used by the lean approach in different types of libraries, such as the 7 wastes, Kaizen and 5S methods.

ًWebinar​ Moderator​

Prof. Dr. Amal Mostafa
  • Professor, Library and Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University.
  • Currently works as Associate Professor, Deanship of Library Affairs, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University-IAU, Saudi Arabia. 
  • Dr. Mostafa has worked as an academic in the library and information science field for more than 20 years. 
  • She is a member of the quality and accreditation (learning resources) team at IAU.
  • She has published widely in different areas of library science research, including the lean approach, sustainable development, green libraries, altmetrics as a tool for evaluating research papers, and the use of LibQual to evaluate library services.  

Target Audience

​The target audience includes:

  • Heads of national, academic and special libraries.
  • Decision makers and strategic planning experts in the library sector. 
  • Library and information specialists. 
  • Library administrative, finance and budgetary staff.