Callow, M. and Mulholland, D. (2005) Service with a smile only gets you so far: staff training for success in the integrated service environment. In: ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference (neXt 2005), 6-9 Sep 2005, Sydney, Australia.
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Training staff in the skills and knowledge needed to operate effectively in contemporary libraries is a common challenge. Staff are expected to use an increasing range of technology to answer questions on any topic, and to maintain a customer-friendly manner throughout. At the USQ Library this situation is further complicated by the fact that 80 percent of all Library staff are involved in client service roles. Many of these staff operate across three different service points: Information Desk, Loans Desk and a telephone service point for offcampus students. The Library has developed a competency-based, staff-driven internal training program to equip staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver quality customer service in this integrated environment. This paper will explore the development of the USQ Library training program from inception to delivery, and discuss issues such as: identification of key competencies, creation of training modules, gaining staff and managerial support, and timing of training to support current work demands. The paper will also evaluate the impact of the training program on staff confidence and service delivery and highlight plans for the future.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||integrated customer service; libraries; staff training; staff development|
|Subjects:||400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies > 400200 Librarianship > 400201 Librarianship
350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 350600 Services > 350699 Services not elsewhere classified
|Depositing User:||epEditor USQ|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2007 00:19|
|Last Modified:||21 Nov 2013 23:07|
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