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Title: An overview of supervision in libraries today
Author(s): Bailey, Martha J.
Subject(s): Library personnel management Human resources Supervision
Abstract: The literature of library and information management is often of little assistance to the professional who supervises. Interactions with departments and services of the parent organization, such as conforming to policies on personnel, purchasing or accounting, are seldom clarified. Some of the literature reports management theories which were developed for business organizations. However, these theories may not be applicable to libraries, since libraries do not have the same types or levels of personnel, are not organized in the same way, and cannot amortize equipment or take advantage of other tax features which companies utilize. The authors of literature on management theory warn that, because of differences in the way companies are organized and operated, it can be dangerous to borrow concepts or ideas that worked in one company and apply them to another. In fact, even the designations "top management," "middle management" and "supervisory management" signify different concepts in different companies and libraries.
Issue Date: 1979
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In H. Goldhor and R.E. Stevans (eds) Supervision of employees in libraries (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 12-15, 1978): 29-44.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (34th : 1978)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0878450513
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10

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