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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2017

Yonca Hurol, Gemma Wilkinson, Fuad Hassan Mallick, Emmanuel Chenyi and Margaret Gordon

During his 75 years of life from the 9th of March 1942 until the 28th of September 2017 Nicholas Wilkinson was a very productive and hardworking individual. He grew up in…

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During his 75 years of life from the 9th of March 1942 until the 28th of September 2017 Nicholas Wilkinson was a very productive and hardworking individual. He grew up in the north east of England in Corbridge, a small rural town in Northumberland. He was the third child of Zara and Tom Wilkinson and grew up together with his brother Warwick, his sister Joanna. He told me that as a child he played a lot by the riverside, and in their large family house garden and that, amongst other things, his outdoor childhood promoted a deep love of nature in him. His mother Zara had artistic abilities and his father, Tom a very good sense of judgement; Nicholas inherited these talents and characteristics from them. He was educated at Corchester Preparatory School in Corbridge and then at Bryanston School in Blanford, Dorset.

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Open House International, vol. 42 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Zara Wilkinson

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Reference Reviews, vol. 27 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Publication date: 8 February 2013

Zara Wilkinson

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Reference Reviews, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Article
Publication date: 11 January 2016

Zara Wilkinson

The purpose of this paper is to examine advertisements for part-time professional library jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The goal is to gain a better understanding…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine advertisements for part-time professional library jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The goal is to gain a better understanding of what skills and experience levels are being required of part-time librarians, as well as what their expected salary and hours might be.

Design/methodology/approach

Advertisements for part-time professional library positions were collected from online sources over the course of one year.

Findings

Part-time librarian positions tend to be public services positions in either public or academic libraries. Advertisements for these position indicate a need for flexibility and often do not contain information about salary or hours. Many are suitable for entry-level librarians with no experience.

Research limitations/implications

Job advertisement studies are limited in that they can only examine the information contained in the advertisements themselves and therefore may not reflect the actual person hired.

Practical implications

This paper will provide useful information for librarians seeking part-time positions, as well as for library and information science educators and library managers who wish to mentor or hire new librarians.

Originality/value

This paper corrects an identified lack of research into part-time library employment.

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Library Management, vol. 37 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 4 January 2013

Zara Wilkinson

An increasing amount of tenure‐track academic librarians in the USA are expected to conduct original research and publish their results in peer‐reviewed journals. However…

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Purpose

An increasing amount of tenure‐track academic librarians in the USA are expected to conduct original research and publish their results in peer‐reviewed journals. However, librarians who are new not only to librarianship as a profession but also to academia may find it difficult to become acquainted with research while also mastering the day‐to‐day aspects of their job. The purpose of this paper is to examine why early career academic librarians struggle with research and to present some strategies these librarians can use to get started.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes the form of a literature review.

Findings

Librarians often do not research because of factors such as the lack of time and the lack of research skills. Many strategies, such as time management and collaboration, can help them overcome these barriers.

Originality/value

Research is an important topic for academic librarians who hold tenure‐track positions. However, they may be unfamiliar with the sort of research that will be required of them.

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New Library World, vol. 114 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 2013

Zara Wilkinson

The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to social networking site Pinterest.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to social networking site Pinterest.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper provides an overview of Pinterest, its features, and how it can be used in libraries.

Findings

Pinterest is an immensely popular social networking site that can be used by librarians to interact with patrons and a community of library professionals.

Originality/value

Pinterest is a social networking site that is still new and unfamiliar to many librarians. This paper provides some familiarity with Pinterest and its use and suggests some ways librarians might consider using a library Pinterest account.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 30 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 2 May 2014

Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson

The purpose of this paper is to address the use of librarians as a study population in social science research outside of the field of library and information science…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the use of librarians as a study population in social science research outside of the field of library and information science. Additionally, it aims to make general claims about how frequently librarians have been studied compared to other occupations, as well as to identify and describe existing research that has used librarians as a study population.

Design/methodology/approach

The described study had two parts. Two social science databases were searched using the subject headings “librarians” and eight additional occupations, and the results for all nine occupations were analyzed. The peer-reviewed results for “librarians” were then coded by content. The articles that used librarians as a study population were identified, reviewed and described.

Findings

Although librarians, as an occupational group, possess many characteristics that should make them an ideal choice for social science research, they seem to be studied less frequently than other occupations.

Research limitations/implications

Other occupational groups, such as mathematicians, were also studied infrequently. Further research might consider, more broadly, why some occupations are studied more frequently than others. Future studies might also compare librarianship to other female-dominated professions, such as nursing and education. Additionally, the subject heading “librarians” was applied to articles that studied non-professional library employees, making it difficult to isolate only articles with a focus on degreed librarians.

Originality/value

Few other studies have examined social science research in which librarians are used as the study population. By focusing on how librarians are studied and written about in other fields, this paper will add to the body of literature on the professional image of librarians.

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Library Review, vol. 63 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 13 July 2021

Louise Racine, Isil Isik Andsoy and Sithokozile Maposa

This paper aims to discuss the barriers to preventative breast cancer screening (BCS) among Muslim Syrian refugee women in a Western Canadian Prairie city.

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Purpose

This paper aims to discuss the barriers to preventative breast cancer screening (BCS) among Muslim Syrian refugee women in a Western Canadian Prairie city.

Design/methodology/approach

Situated within a larger mixed-method study aimed at identifying barriers and facilitators to breast cancer (BC) preventative practices, the authors interviewed three key informants to get an in-depth understanding of the cultural, religious and social factors affecting knowledge of BC and BCS practices among Muslim Syrian refugee women.

Findings

Qualitative findings confirm quantitative results revealing that knowledge about BC and cultural and religious barriers on gender might translate into poor health outcomes for Muslim Syrian refugee women in a Western Canadian city.

Research limitations/implications

This research has limitations related to the sample size and the lack of generalizability to all refugee women. Results indicate the need to develop culturally tailored intervention programs to increase breast awareness and participation in breast-self-examination, clinical breast examination and mammography. The study has implications for health-care policy. Muslim Syrian refugee women need to be educated about BC upon arrival in Canada to counteract low participation rates, promote positive health outcomes and decrease potential costs to the health-care system.

Originality/value

Evidence on Muslim Syrian refugee women’s knowledge and beliefs on BC is sparse. This study addressed this gap by documenting a lack of knowledge and barriers to BCS among Muslim Syrian refugee women.

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International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9894

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Article
Publication date: 29 July 2021

Erika Cantrell, Stephen Weatherhead and Hayley Higson

This study aimed to explore the interaction between the benefits system and the work of clinical psychologists. The perceived impact of the benefits system on the practice…

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Purpose

This study aimed to explore the interaction between the benefits system and the work of clinical psychologists. The perceived impact of the benefits system on the practice of clinical psychologists and their perspectives on the role of Clinical Psychology this context were explored.

Design/methodology/approach

Fifteen clinical psychologists who worked in a variety of National Health Service (NHS) settings across England were interviewed. Thematic analysis was used to identify patterns in the data.

Findings

Issues relating to the benefits system were seen to increase the demand for psychological support but created barriers to engagement. Participants faced dilemmas regarding how best to practice in this context and felt uncertain of their role. Participants wanted further support and guidance to understand their role and how they could effectively support clients affected by the benefits system. Most participants interacted with the benefits system on an individual-level but believed that clinical psychologists should influence higher-level change, with adequate support and professional leadership.

Originality/value

There is a paucity in research exploring the practice of mental health professionals in relation to socioeconomic influences on mental health. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study exploring the association between the work of clinical psychologists and the benefits system.

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

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Publication date: 30 September 2021

Helen Shipton, Zara Whysall and Catherine Abe

In this chapter, the authors build on the voluntary turnover model posited by Allen, Bryant, and Vardaman (2010) with reference to turnover and retention within the United…

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In this chapter, the authors build on the voluntary turnover model posited by Allen, Bryant, and Vardaman (2010) with reference to turnover and retention within the United Kingdom. After providing important contextual material about the United Kingdom, the authors explore turnover drivers such as work precarity, as well as the effect of Brexit, which compounds the political and economic uncertainty engendered by the pandemic. Reflecting on the role of external shocks in precipitating withdrawal processes, the authors go on to examine the extent to which job embeddedness impacts on employee turnover, and how alternative opportunities in a UK context may shape the decisions people make to stay with or leave their organizations. Central to our argument is that human resource (HR) practices as perceived by employees play a critical role in shaping attitudes such that people wish to stay in the organization. Cultural values posited by Hofstede and others are likely to significantly impact the way in which employees respond to the HR practices they perceive. Hence, leaders and HR specialists in the United Kingdom need to deploy HR practices which speak to cultural values that stand out in that context, considering that the United Kingdom is characterized by relatively low levels of power distance, low uncertainty avoidance, high individualism and higher than average indulgence.

Taken together, the model provides an overview of key internal and external factors that influence employees’ attitudes at work, their withdrawal behaviors and the ensuing turnover at the organizational-level. The authors conclude by highlighting key research questions raised by the analysis of the model within a UK context, considering where empirical research will add to understanding about turnover and retention in the United Kingdom.

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Global Talent Retention: Understanding Employee Turnover Around the World
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-293-0

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