Transforming a university library into a learning organisation

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Thorpe, Clare. 2021. "Transforming a university library into a learning organisation." Library Management. 42 (6-7), pp. 436-447. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-01-2021-0003
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Transforming a university library into a learning organisation

ERA Journal ID10683
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorThorpe, Clare
Journal TitleLibrary Management
Journal Citation42 (6-7), pp. 436-447
Number of Pages12
Year2021
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0143-5124
0309-2232
1758-7921
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-01-2021-0003
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/LM-01-2021-0003/full/html
Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to discuss the strategies to promote a culture of professional learning within an Australian academic library. As the COVID-19 experience has shown new and evolving roles require skills, knowledge and abilities that current library employees may not have trained for. One framework which supports continuous professional development and employee motivation is the concept of a learning organisation, where staff across all levels of the library acknowledge the value of continuous learning and autonomously engage in activities to keep their skills up to date and relevant. Design/methodology/approach: The article is a case study of a three-year period of interventions and outcomes in an Australian academic library. Findings: The strategies discussed provide insights for library managers and leaders about how organisational change can be incrementally embedded through clarity of purpose, aligned leadership, transparent processes, self-determination and social learning. Research limitations/implications: The case study examines a single institution. Originality/value: The paper provides practical strategies and examples from the case study of one university library which has successful embedded workplace learning as a regular and accepted part of staff routines.

Keywordslearning organisations, Academic libraries, Professional development, Workplace learning, Skills, University libraries
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461099. Library and information studies not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsLibrary Services
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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