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Managing the Multigenerational Librarian Workforce

  • ID: 4398499
  • Book
  • 130 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Managing the Multigenerational Librarian Workforce examines how libraries are undergoing a massive shift in their workforce. As baby boomers retire, an influx of Gen Y and millennials has taken their place. This book presents the differences that generational groups bring to the workforce, along with a working mindset that has been shaped, at least in part, by when they were educated and spent their formative early-career years. For the librarian manager, it is important to understand the needs and perspectives of various generations and the career stages they are in if they are to effectively manage the library.

  • Presents information on the reality of multigenerational workforces in libraries and how to manage expectations and differences
  • Addresses the challenges of having many kinds of staff, some of which will stem from differing generational perspectives
  • Provides practical advice on how to recognize different perspectives and how to work with librarians in different career phases and from different generations

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1. Discussion on the evolving workforce of libraries
2. Debunking the librarian stereotype
What does experience and the research tell us about librarian communication styles, conflict modes, leadership styles, etc.
3. Baby-librarians
Working with and managing your newest librarians (communication, expectations, misconceptions, mentoring)
4. Specialist librarians
Working with and managing specialists on your team (support, expectations, considerations of expertise, retaining, providing challenges)
5. Mid-career librarians
Working with and managing your mid-career librarians (parenthood, tenure, long term career goals, providing opportunities and challenges in flat organizations)
6. Late-career librarians- Managing and working with the late-career librarians (considerations of expertise, succession planning, retirement planning)
7. Managing through high turnover (maternity leaves, sabbaticals, retirements, the 7 year itch, attracting and retaining librarians)
8. Managing conflict among your cross-generational librarian workforce
9. Equity and diversity in your librarian workforce
10. Mature manager vs. young manager
challenges of being either, or..
11. Conclusion
Final thoughts and advice on the cross generational librarian workforce, looking towards the future and implications for our organizations
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Holder, Sara
Sara Holder is Associate Professor and Head of Research and Information Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. She has edited and contributed to monographs and has authored journal articles on subjects including: librarian training and development, library assessment strategies, academic library management, information literacy, and collection development. She is active in ALA, ACRL, and LLAMA, and she is a frequent reviewer for Library Journal. Sara received her MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois and her BA from Vassar College.
Lannon, Amber
Amber Lannon is the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Previously she was Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill University. She has coauthored several articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including e-book usage, library closures, library management, and dog therapy in libraries and co-edited a monograph for ACRL. She was the founding editor of Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (http://ticker.mcgill.ca/about). In addition to her MLIS from Dalhousie University, she has an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
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