Out west and down under: New geographies for staff development

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Zauha, Janelle and Potter, Garry (2009) Out west and down under: New geographies for staff development. Library Management, 30 (8/9). pp. 549-560. ISSN 0143-5124


Purpose – This paper aims to provide case studies of staff development programs at two university libraries: those of Montana State University in the USA and Victoria University Library in Victoria, Australia. Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines how these differently sized institutions are using distinct approaches to grapple with the challenges of staff development in difficult economic and technological times. By providing examples of two very different environments and timelines, this paper provides ideas for a broad spectrum of library types and sizes at all points on the development continuum. Findings – Despite differences, what emerges is that many concepts and principles span disparate library situations and are applicable to almost any staff development plan. These include the importance of establishing staff development methodologies, identifying competencies, linking with workforce planning, dealing with legacy issues, prioritizing communication and staff involvement, identifying needs and priorities, embedding accountability and consistently monitoring and evaluating to establish and maintain a successful program. Originality/value – This paper will be valuable to large university libraries with mature staff development plans who wish to rethink basic principles or consider altering their established approach. It will also be valuable to smaller university libraries who are just beginning to chart staff development programs and who want to start off on the right track.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4722
DOI 10.1108/01435120911006511
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01435120911006511
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0807 Library and Information Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Current > Division/Research > Library
Current > Division/Research > Other
Keywords ResPubID19188, academic libraries, Australia, United States of America, employee development
Citations in Scopus 3 - View on Scopus
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