Provides a comprehensive look at issues that shape the nature of Human Resources in academic libraries.
This book provides a comprehensive look at issues that shape the nature of Human Resources in academic libraries. Libraries in varying academic environments have undergone tremendous change during the last two decades of the 20th century as they have sought redefinition as learning organizations. As organizations they have experienced significant changes in the role and definition of professionalism, along with challenges from such shifting workplace demographics as age and ethnicity and technological issues, which have also had direct impact on the recruitment and retention of staff. Much of the attention of human resources administrators in academic libraries has focused on an array of issues that mirrors concerns across campuses: affirmative action and diversity, the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the impact of the Family Medical Leave Act and other directives on employee benefits, salary equity, and a desire among employees for flexible work schedules.
Introduction by Janice Simmons-Welburn College and University Context for Human Resource Management by William C. Welburn Creating and Sustaining a Diverse Workplace by Janice Simmons-Welburn New Hires in Research Libraries by Stanley Wilder Recruitment and Selection by Laine Stambaugh Staff Development by Luisa Paster Assisting Employees by Julie Brewer Managing Work Performance and Career Development by Beth McNeil Union and Labor Relations by Lila Fredenburg Compensation Management in the Academic Library by Teri R. Switzer Leadership and the Changing Role of Library Administrators by Sheila D. Creth Changing Roles of Academic Librarians by Janice Simmons-Welburn Educating Leaders by Mark Winston Ethics and Human Resource Management by William C. Welburn Conversations with Our Leaders Selected Readings
Reviews This is a book to refer to or study. For an Australian audience it raises interesting issues not commonly emphasised here, as well as more familiar topics. It is recommended for purchase for collections supporting study of human resource management in academic libraries.—The Australian Library Journal
This book is highly recommended for those with an interest in human resource management in libraries. Although the book focuses on academic libraries, the insights provided could be useful to all types of libraries. The varying nature of the chapters in this book would be beneficial for those in administrative and human resource positions, for students learning about the profession, and for those working within the profession.—The Library Quarterly
Human resources experts Janice Simmons-Welburn and Beth McNeil present a collection of essays examining library workplace issues.—American Libraries