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The influence of library manager styles on continuing education of university library practitioners in Vietnam

Nguyen Hong Sinh (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Daniel G. Dorner (Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)
G.E. Gorman (Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine and then discuss the positive and negative influences of library manager styles on the engagement of Vietnamese university library staff in continuing education (CE) activities to improve their work performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the relevant literature, a preliminary contextual model of factors affecting CE for university library practitioners in Vietnam was developed. Using the model as a framework to guide the data gathering, 17 focus group interviews were held with operational staff and ten individual semi‐structured interviews were conducted with library managers at ten public university libraries across Vietnam.

Findings

Three main managerial styles were identified, i.e. directive, decisive and formalistic styles, each of which affected academic library staff CE in different ways. These styles were reflected in the ways the managers operated their libraries and assessed their staff, as well as in the ways they dealt with and coordinated CE activities.

Research limitations/implications

This research focused only on public university library staff and managers in Vietnam.

Originality/value

The paper demonstrates that different managerial styles influence the engagement of Vietnamese university library staff in CE activities in different ways, and recommendations are provided to help academic library managers, regardless of their location, establish strategies to support the development of their staff through participation in CE activities.

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Citation

Hong Sinh, N., Dorner, D.G. and Gorman, G.E. (2011), "The influence of library manager styles on continuing education of university library practitioners in Vietnam", Library Management, Vol. 32 No. 8/9, pp. 505-515. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435121111187879

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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