Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities

Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities

Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities

Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

There has been a substantial growth in the literature on human resources management in libraries since the 1989 publication of the second edition of Sheila Creth and Frederick Duda's collection of essays, Personnel Administration in Libraries. At that time the editors of that volume observed the growth in library personnel management since the early 1970s. They reflected upon the [broad range of complex functions] assumed by library personnel officers, which entailed the administration of contract negotiations, interpretation of a myriad of legal questions, and management of an array of problems associated with compensation, benefits, staff training, and development. Creth and Duda also chronicled the emergence of new questions about [how work is accomplished] in libraries and ensuing challenges to the organization and management of personnel activities.

Since the appearance of their work, the concept of human resource management has evolved in academic libraries. The term [Human Resources] has been widely adopted by corporations in full recognition of changing legal requirements, ethical issues, and societal and cultural expectations of the work environment, which indeed broadened the role of personnel and made it far more integral to strategic directions than it had been in the first half of the twentieth century. Creth and Duda clearly predicted the expansion of personnel from paper and records management to a key component of organizational strategy. In the context of colleges and universities, academic libraries provide campus leadership in addressing various aspects of personnel related policies and methods in areas of recruitment, diversity, and performance evaluation.

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