Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library

Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities

by Janice Simmons-Welburn, Beth McNeil


Provides a comprehensive look at issues that shape the nature of Human Resources in academic libraries.

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January 2004

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Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Management and Administration/Human Resources and Communication
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/Ethics
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Janice Simmons-WelburnCollege and University Context for Human Resource Management by William C. WelburnCreating and Sustaining a Diverse Workplace by Janice Simmons-WelburnNew Hires in Research Libraries by Stanley WilderRecruitment and Selection by Laine StambaughStaff Development by Luisa PasterAssisting Employees by Julie BrewerManaging Work Performance and Career Development by Beth McNeilUnion and Labor Relations by Lila FredenburgCompensation Management in the Academic Library by Teri R. SwitzerLeadership and the Changing Role of Library Administrators by Sheila D. CrethChanging Roles of Academic Librarians by Janice Simmons-WelburnEducating Leaders by Mark WinstonEthics and Human Resource Management by William C. WelburnConversations with Our LeadersSelected Readings



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

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