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If you are a library manager responsible for technical services (however it is named), you can help ALCTS* today by providing your feedback about library technical services talent management policies and practices. Responses from public and special libraries are especially welcome. Thank you to the 49 respondents who are subscribers to ACQNET, ALCTS Coll Dev, AUTOCAT, EDUCAT, PADG AND RDA-L! We are eager to gather additional responses before closing the survey on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Are you interested in understanding how libraries are incorporating new functional areas and staff roles into technical services and other areas of the library? Have you wondered how staff members recruited for these new roles are supported? These and similar questions motivated our ALCTS President’s Program Committee to create this survey.
Responses recruited via listservs will be compiled separately and compared to those of our primary respondents (see below). This means we are unconcerned with self-selection bias, the opportunity for multiple responses from the same institution (or even the same individual) and those who may not be technical services managers. Pre-testers and respondents report the survey requires 20-30 minutes. If you’d like to know more before starting, please read the rest of this message. If not,
Follow this link to the Survey:
Our primary respondents are specifically identified staff members at 224 academic libraries and we have obtained a 12% response rate to date. Some of the questions may seem out of scope for some respondents. If you think you can provide a useful response, please do, but you should also feel free to skip questions that seem out of scope to you.
Our survey draws on research reported in ARL Spec Kit 344 on Talent Management in Academic Libraries. The Spec Kit includes these areas related to talent management: talent strategy, recruitment and hiring, retention, employee engagement, job classification management, compensation management, performance assessment, competencies, professional development planning, and leadership and succession planning. Since many key roles in technical services are filled by paraprofessionals, we are including their skills and training needs in the survey.
The survey begins with open-ended questions about leadership and succession planning, and continues with questions about specific skills: technical, soft, leadership, and working style. It concludes with questions about training needs and options. Please feel free to page ahead to get a sense of the full survey. (You will be able to back up.)
*ALCTS is the Association for Library Collection and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.
Thank you for your interest in the future of technical services. If you have any questions about the survey or about our work, please feel free to contact Committee Member Chelcie Rowell at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.