Description

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.

Key Features

  • Includes the most current best practices and models in academic libraries
  • Represents the viewpoints of both the employee and manager
  • Focuses on the academic library as workplace rather than as a service provider

Readership

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

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

About the editors

About the contributors

Introduction

Part 1: Overview of workplace culture

Chapter 1: Organizational culture and leadership: exploring perceptions and relationships

Abstract:

Introduction

Organizational culture defined

Unit subcultures

Perceptions

Values

Leadership

Everyone leads

Culture-shaping

Conclusion

Chapter 2: Building on our strengths: working towards a preferred workplace culture

Abstract:

Introduction

Literature review

Case studies

Results

Current cultures

Preferred cultures

Discussion

Conclusion

Chapter 3: Organizational culture and administrative change: a case study at a metropolitan academic library

Abstract:

Introduction

Literature review: prior case studies

Background and methodology

Positive cultural aspects

Challenges

Change in the library’s administration

Conclusion

Appendix A Culture interview

Appendix B Culture survey and responses

Part 2: Assessment

Chapter 4: Organizational climate assessment and improvement planning

Abstract:

Introduction

Literature review

Strategic planning retreats

Assessment strategy

Climate assessment instrument

Climate assessment retreats

Outcomes

Lessons learned

Conclusion and looking forward

Appendix A Values statement

Appendix B Cook Library Strategic Plan 2010–2016 (Excerpt)

Appendix C Cook Work Life Survey

Appendix D Plan to improve and enhance organizational climate

Part 3: Acclimation for new librarians

Chapter 5: Helping new librarians find success and satisfaction in the academic library

Abstract:

Introduction

Literatu

Details

No. of pages:
388
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780633688
Print ISBN:
9781843347026

About the editors

Kelly Blessinger

Kelly Blessinger is the Reference Assistant Coordinator at Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries. In this role, she assists in the daily supervision and operation of the department. She organizes training for all new hires in the department and coordinates continuing education for the library. She served on the Library Mentoring Committee, the Library Faculty Policy Committee, the LSU Faculty Senate, and currently, the University Council on Women.

Paul Hrycaj

Paul Hrycaj is an Instruction and Reference Librarian at LSU. He has served on the American Library Association Instruction Section Planning Committee, the LSU Library Faculty Policy Committee, and the LSU Faculty Senate. Paul has been chair of and participated in numerous search committees and has given presentations to LSU Libraries’ faculty and staff on the process of hiring new faculty members.

Reviews

"All aspects of workplace culture in libraries are addressed in this timely and readable volume that covers a range of relevant topics...useful for all university library staff, especially those in supervisory roles, and I recommend it for purchase by academic libraries to assist staff in improving the library workplace for all employees."--Australian Library Journal,September 2 2014

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