Transforming a university library into a learning organisation

Thorpe, Clare ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0974-4087 (2021) Transforming a university library into a learning organisation. Library Management, 42 (6-7). pp. 436-447. ISSN 0143-5124

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to discuss the strategies to promote a culture of professional learning within an Australian academic library. As the COVID-19 experience has shown new and evolving roles require skills, knowledge and abilities that current library employees may not have trained for. One framework which supports continuous professional development and employee motivation is the concept of a learning organisation, where staff across all levels of the library acknowledge the value of continuous learning and autonomously engage in activities to keep their skills up to date and relevant. Design/methodology/approach: The article is a case study of a three-year period of interventions and outcomes in an Australian academic library. Findings: The strategies discussed provide insights for library managers and leaders about how organisational change can be incrementally embedded through clarity of purpose, aligned leadership, transparent processes, self-determination and social learning. Research limitations/implications: The case study examines a single institution. Originality/value: The paper provides practical strategies and examples from the case study of one university library which has successful embedded workplace learning as a regular and accepted part of staff routines.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 02:55
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning organisations, Academic libraries, Professional development, Workplace learning, Skills, University libraries
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461099 Library and information studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-01-2021-0003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41928

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