Teams In Library Technical Services

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Whether because of budget and staffing concerns or issues with productivity and output, technical services teams have come into being in many organizations. In Teams in Library Technical Services, editors Rosann Bazirjian and Rebecca Mugridge present research and case studies demonstrating what these reasons are and how the use of teams has been and should be applied to libraries. Everything from describing the various types of teams and how to manage them—especially in academic libraries—to exploring recurring ...

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Overview

Whether because of budget and staffing concerns or issues with productivity and output, technical services teams have come into being in many organizations. In Teams in Library Technical Services, editors Rosann Bazirjian and Rebecca Mugridge present research and case studies demonstrating what these reasons are and how the use of teams has been and should be applied to libraries. Everything from describing the various types of teams and how to manage them—especially in academic libraries—to exploring recurring themes on the relationships between professional and support staff, the changing roles of librarians, and how managers and teams address issues such as performance evaluation, rewards and recognition, hiring, workload and workflow, and process improvements is covered. Managers and other librarians who must understand the evolution of teams in library technical services units, the application of team theory in libraries, and the practical assessment of team organizational structure will be greatly served by this work.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
For managers and other librarians, Bazirjian, a librarian at the U. of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Mugridge (university libraries, Penn State U., University Park) compile 12 essays on the function of teams in academic library technical services in terms of performance evaluation, rewards and recognition, hiring, and workload and workflow. Contributors, who are associated with academic libraries in the US, describe the history of teams in library technical services, how to apply team theory, and how to assess their organizational structure. Case studies of particular universities are provided, in addition to evaluations of their effectiveness, studies of libraries that have returned to hierarchical structures, and descriptions of process improvement and matrix teams.
12/15/2006 Booklist
...[a] useful title...
vol. 38 (2007) American Reference Books Annual
...highly recommended...
Reference and User Services Quarterly
This collection of writings provides useful correlations between theory and practice, a balanced perspective between successful and unsuccessful team implementations, and practical advice for workflow analysis.
American Libraries
Organizing technical services with self-directed work teams has become quite common during the past 15 years. Editors Rosann Bazirjian and Rebecca Mugridge and their cadre of experts examine this concept in Teams in Library Technical Services.
American Libraries
Organizing technical services with self-directed work teams has become quite common during the past 15 years. Editors Rosann Bazirjian and Rebecca Mugridge and their cadre of experts examine this concept in Teams in Library Technical Services.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810852945
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,156,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosann Bazirjian is University Librarian for the Walter Clinton Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Rebecca Mugridge is Head of Cataloging Services for University Libraries at Penn State University-University Park.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1: Theoretical/Historical Perspective on Teams Chapter 3 1. The Role of Organizational Culture in Effective Team Development Chapter 4 2. When Is a Team Really a Team? Examples of Team-Based Management Concepts in Academic Libraries Chapter 5 3. Teams and the Control of Work: A Case Study at Arizona Part 6 Part 2: Effectiveness of the Team Structure Chapter 7 4. University of Maryland Libraries: Case Study for Program Review Chapter 8 5. Long Live the Team! Factors in the Longevity and Success of a Semiautonomous Work Team Chapter 9 6. Strategic Planning and Organizational Structure in a Team Environment Chapter 10 7. Team Training for Technical Services: Revisiting the Concept after Ten Years Part 11 Part 3: Reevaluation of the Team Structure Chapter 12 8. Transitioning from Self-Directed Teams to a Traditional Work Unit Chapter 13 9. Letting Go: A Reflection on Teams That Were Chapter 14 10. Implementing and Dismantling Teams in Technical Services at the University of Kentucky Libraries Part 15 Part 4: Special-Purpose Teams Chapter 16 11. And They Lived Happily Ever After: Findings from the Penn State University Libraries' AV Workflow Process Improvement Team Chapter 17 12. Matrix Teams: Advancing Transitions Part 18 About the Editors and Contributors

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