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Title: Preparing new librarians for career and organizational impact
Authors: Leong, J
Vaughan, M
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Source: Academic Librarian 2 : Singing in the Rain, ALSR 2010, Conference towards Future Possibilities, Hong Kong, 11-12 March 2010, conference proceedings, session 4B, p. [1-8]
Abstract: Purpose - This case study reports on the activities and outcomes of a facilitated group of new librarians in one Australian university. Aims were to increase professional networking, to promote career development, to enhance job satisfaction and retention of motivated staff, to grow participants’ sense of responsibility for organizational progress, and to develop willingness to take initiative in presenting good ideas for service improvement.
Design/methodology/approach - The primary author was the initiator of, and facilitator for, the new professionals’group and was able to influence approaches taken. A variety of learning experiences was utilized including an action learning project. Monthly meetings were held face-to-face and an online group was used as an additional communication avenue. The progress of the group was monitored by facilitator observation, by a participant survey after several months of operation, and by feedback and analysis after one year.
Findings - Participation in the New Professionals’ Group had positive impact on networking activity, career advancement, contribution to the organization and job satisfaction. No significant impact on staff retention was established.
Research limitations/implications - Self report was the only means of identifying the level of influence coming from participation in the group as compared with the impact of prior capabilities and attitudes.
Originality/value - Induction and socialization of new employees commonly covers organizational structure, policies and procedures as well as job-specific training. An emphasis on career advancement strategies and being a positive and effective voice for organizational improvement are distinctive in the reported work.
Keywords: Librarians
Employee development
Publisher: Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Rights: Reproduced with permission of the authors.
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