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Staffing the Commons: job analysis in the context of an Information Commons

Robert Boyd (Santa Clara University, Morgan Hill, California, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 13 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to apply principles from the field of industrial and organizational psychology on organizational analysis and job analysis to better identify successful candidates for employment in an Information Commons.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of professional research, research from both library literature and industrial and organizational psychology, review of professional association surveys.

Findings

Library administration must invest time to articulate mission, value, and goals for the Information Commons before undertaking the organizational analysis. From the organizational analysis will flow the job analysis, job descriptions and hiring protocols.

Original/value

Core concepts of organizational analysis and job analysis from the field of industrial and organizational psychology are pertinent and useful to library leaders in planning, implementing and staffing new service models, such as Information Commons.

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Citation

Boyd, R. (2008), "Staffing the Commons: job analysis in the context of an Information Commons", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 232-243. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830810880333

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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