Staff Development


Staff development is a broad term used describe the job-related continuing education of employees in an organization. Other terms used interchangeably are in-service education, professional development, and human resource development; the Library of Congress uses LIBRARY EMPLOYEES - IN-SERVICE TRAINING and CAREER DEVELOPMENT. It takes many forms: attending formal classes, workshops or conferences; in-service training, one-on-one coaching, site visits, participation on a staff or association task force or committee, etc.

The transformation of libraries in the services offered and the perspective of its patrons, can only continue to progress if the staff of those libraries are encouraged to continue learning and working together. Staff development needs to have management involvement and backing, and an eye on the overall mission of libraries in general.

There are several sub-topics that are important to Staff Development

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Brief Bibliography

For a more inclusive list, please see the WorldCat list for Staff Development

Association of College and Research Libraries. Recruitment, Retention, and Restructuring: Human Resources in Academic Libraries. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2002.

Blowers, Helene and Lori Reed. "The C's of Our Sea Change: Plans for Training Staff, from Core Competencies to Learning 2.0." Computers in Libraries, 27, no.2 (February 2007), p. 10-15.

Butler, Jocelyn A. "Staff Development." Close-Up #12 in the School Improvement Research Series, from the NW Archives, Northwest Regional Education Laboratory.

Giesecke, Joan, and Beth McNeil. Fundamentals of Library Supervision. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.  

Hord, Shirley M.  "Staff Development and Change Process: Cut from the Same Cloth.Issues ... about Change, 4, no. 2.

Jennerich, Elaine Z. "The long-term view of library staff development: The positive effects on a large organization." C&RL News, 67, no.10 (November 2006).

Lee, Marta K. Mentoring in the Library: Building for the Future. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.

Lowry, Charles B. "Continuous Organizational Development--Teamwork, Learning Leadership, and Measurement." Portal, 5, no.1 (January 2005) p. 1-6.

Lubans, John, Jr. "You Can't Build a Fire in the Rain: Sparking Change in Libraries." Library Administration & Management, 20, no.4 (Fall 2006) p. 201-3.

Lynch, Mary Jo. "Spending on Staff Development". Based on 2001 salary survey.

Mayo, Diane, and Jeanne Goodrich. Staffing for Results: A Guide to Working Smarter. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2002.

Metz, Ruth F. Coaching in the Library: A Management Strategy for Achieving Excellence. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.

Stewart, Andrea, Carlette Washington-Hoagland, and Carol T. Zsulya. Staff Development: A Practical Guide. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013.

"Training and Development for Librarians" from the Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki.

Trotta, Marcia. Staff Development on a Shoestring: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc., 2011.

Tunstall, Patricia. Hiring, Training, and Supervising Library Shelvers. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.

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