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 themespecially in academic librariesto 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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.66(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.63(d)|
About 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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even though this book was only published four years ago, parts of it already seemed very outdated. Part of it could be the perspective that team organization is a new thing (which it may have been at the time of writing) but I think it could also be attributed to too much detail in some of the articles in terms of technical specifications and vendor/product names.Despite that, there were a few articles that stood out to me. In terms of content and writing style, I would say that "Letting Go: A Reflection on Teams That Were" by Lubans is well worth the read. Also, Norman's "When Is a Team Really a Team?" and the articles in part 2 (Effectiveness of Team Structure) are worth taking a look at.