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The role of flexible job descriptions in succession management

Kathy Pennell (North Las Vegas Library District, North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 18 May 2010




The purpose of this paper is to examine the idea that flexible job descriptions are vital options that would allow library managers the latitude necessary to promote developmental opportunities in library succession management plans.


This paper uses supportive literature from both within and outside librarianship to examine the impact flexible job descriptions could have on the succession management process.


Traditionally, job descriptions have been constructed with a very narrow focus and could be construed to limit the ability to provide various opportunities for growth, particularly in a unionized environment. Flexible job descriptions may allow library managers more freedom in providing accelerated learning and development opportunities through a succession management program.


With the projected impending retirement of baby boomer library managers, libraries should explore the use of flexible job descriptions. Flexible job descriptions may aid in accelerating development opportunities for those employees who will fill the positions vacated by retiring managers.



Pennell, K. (2010), "The role of flexible job descriptions in succession management", Library Management, Vol. 31 No. 4/5, pp. 279-290.



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