Productive to the core: Core competencies and the productive librarian

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jenny Dale, Information Literacy Coordinator and Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In the face of shrinking budgets and resource cuts of all kinds, "do more with less" has become an almost constant refrain in libraries across the United States. Unfortunately, doing more with less is a problematic and ultimately unsustainable model if we hope to continue providing high-quality services and resources for our users. There is only so much "more" that we can do with "less" before employees become stretched too thin and bum out quickly. These employees are unlikely to be able to provide the level of service that users expect, leading to a dissatisfied customer base. In addition, larger workloads may lead to increased turnover. Although "doing more with less" has become a common mantra, we could be doing a disservice to both our patrons and our institutions.

Additional Information

L. Fraser, J. Kuhl, & C. Smallwood (Eds.), Time and project management strategies for librarians (pp. 33-40). Scarecrow Press
Language: English
Date: 2013
core competencies, academic librarians, time management

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