An analysis of library's intellectual capital resources for library networks
Abstract Purpose: The main aim of this paper is to explore methods for identifying and managing library's intellectual capital resources within library networks. The analysis is further focusing on the phenomenon of libraries’ competition and cooperation in the light of intellectual capital theoretical perspective.
Design/methodology/approach: Library's intellectual capital assets/resources are approached through known identification methods, and a distinction between resources and assets is taking place. The categorization of the intellectual capital resources/assets includes human, organizational and relational capital categories. The significant role of non-tangible assets/resources is identified when studying relationships among libraries as well as among libraries and other organizations within networks.
Findings: A framework is proposed for understanding the combinations of strong, moderate and weak scenarios of library cooperation and competition in support of intellectual capital assets/resources.
Originality/value: The results from this research are conceptually linked to individual library performance, to the formation of libraries' networks and to the maintenance of those that already exist. The intellectual capital resources can be further examined and analyzed on the basis of their effect on value creation for different types of libraries.