Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries book cover

Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries

The Early 21st Century

Workplace culture refers to conditions that collectively influence the work atmosphere. These can include policies, norms, and unwritten standards for behavior. This book focuses on various aspects of workplace culture in academic libraries from the practitioners’ viewpoint, as opposed to that of the theoretician. The book asks the following questions: What conditions contribute to an excellent academic library work environment? What helps to make a particular academic library a great place to work? Articles focus on actual programs while placing the discussion in a scholarly context. The book is structured into 14 chapters, covering various aspects of workplace culture in academic libraries, including: overview of workplace culture, assessment, recruitment, acclimation for new librarians, workforce diversity, physical environment, staff morale, interaction between departments, tenure track/academic culture, mentoring/coaching, generational differences, motivation/incentives, complaints/conflict management, and organizational transparency.

Academic library practitioners, library administrators, and library and information science graduate students

Paperback, 388 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-702-6


  • The book makes us aware of what we usually ignore or gloss over in our everyday working environment, to question where it might be hindering staff and the service they offer, and of finding ways of enhan, Managing Information


  • Part 1 Overview of workplace culture: Organizational culture and leadership: Exploring perceptions and relationships; Building on our strengths: Working towards a preferred workplace culture; Organizational culture and administrative change: A case study at a metropolitan academic library. Part 2 Assessment: Organizational climate assessment and improvement planning. Part 3 Acclimation for new librarians: Helping new librarians find success and satisfaction in the academic library. Part 4 Workforce diversity: Beyond diversity: Moving towards inclusive work environments; Cultural competencies in authentic leadership; Diversity and sensitivity in the workplace: Understanding Asian Pacific American staff. Part 5 Physical environment: Challenges of redesigning staff work space; All integration is local: Merging cultures in an academic library; Promoting and enabling civility in the academic library. Part 6 Staff morale/Interpersonal: Building staff morale and creating a positive workplace. Part 7 Interaction between departments: Interdepartmental communication in academic libraries; Interaction between departments: Strategies for improving interdepartmental collaboration through communication. Part 8 Tenure track/academic culture: No middle ground? Perceptions and realities of the distinctions between tenured librarians and their professional colleagues. Part 9 Mentoring/coaching: Mentoring in academic libraries; How transformational leadership translates into recognized excellence in academic libraries. Part 10 Generational differences: Generations at work: What we can learn from each other. Part 11 Motivation/incentives: Staff motivation at a university library: Use of intrinsic motivation at Western Carolina University. Part 12 Conflict management: Managing conflict and incivility in academic libraries. Part 13 Transparent organization: The transparent organization: Keeping staff in the loop.


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