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Personnel Considerations in Library Automation

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Title: Personnel Considerations in Library Automation
Author(s): Myers, Margaret
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Library personnel management Online library catalogs Library catalogs and users
Abstract: The clinic's theme, "Human Aspects of Library Automation," implies that personnel considerations will be addressed throughout the conference. Other speakers have addressed and will be discussing certain personnel aspects e.g., fear and resistance, ergonomics, training, and staff involvement. Earlier clinics have addressed personnel topics also, particularly the 1983 clinic on professional competencies. 1 This paper will expand on some of these topics and address the impact of technology on library personnel in the context of traditional areas of human resource management. Personnel issues can be viewed in two ways from that of the employer or employee. Sometimes these viewpoints are divergent, sometimes in harmony. Administrators tend to be concerned more with organizational structure, work flow, personnel costs, and productivity. Workers are concerned more with questions such as, "Will I lose my job because of automation? Will I be reclassified? Will I be paid more? What effect will this have on my health? Will I feel less valued, dehumanized because of machines?" I hope to address both sides.
Issue Date: 1985
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In D. Shaw, ed. 1985. Human aspects of library automation : helping staff and patrons cope: Papers presented at the 1985 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 30-45.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (22nd : 1985)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1242
ISBN: 0-87845-072-6
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1985.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-10
 

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