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Librarians and the complexity of individual and organizational change: Case study findings of an emergent research library

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

ISBN: 978-1-84950-579-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-580-2

ISSN: 0732-0671

Publication date: 30 October 2009

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to increase the knowledge base of how research librarians experience and cope with the turbulence of change within their library system. A library belonging to the Association of Research Libraries was selected for case study investigation. Seventeen librarians participated in on-site interviews, utilizing a protocol composed of a clustering technique and semi-structured interviewing. Instrumental case studies of each individual were then developed through a collective case method. The findings presented in this chapter include: the competing tensions between the physical and virtual environments, the speed of change, the search for professional meaning, and coping with the experiences of professional change. Analysis of the findings suggest: the emergence of a hypercritical state, the limiting nature of negative feedback, a complex systems framework for professional thinking, and coping in the hypercritical organization.

Citation

Gilstrap, D.L. (2009), "Librarians and the complexity of individual and organizational change: Case study findings of an emergent research library", Williams, D.E., Nyce, J.M. and Golden, J. (Ed.) Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0732-0671(2009)0000028004

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