ERIC Number: ED027040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Library Manpower, A Preliminary Study of Essential Factors Contributing to Library Staffing Patterns.
Fairholm, G.W.; And Others
This study was conducted to develop quantitative and qualitative productivity standards, work measures, and activity reports to facilitate effective budgeting for library staff in the State University of New York (SUNY) library system. The research methodology used by the study team involved a survey of 11 libraries of the 22 institutions in the study universe. The major steps were: (1) a preliminary survey and preparation of prescriptive models of library function and responsibilities, (2) a collection of facts about manpower utilization, productivity, and institutional milieu through personal visits to 12 campuses and analysis of detailed questionnaires, (3) analysis of data using a series of four workshops composed of librarians in technical services, cataloging, reader services and administration, (4) development of "standard times" to perform library functions and "application factors" to relate functions directly to books and users, and (5) identification of situations when deviations from the standards may be appropriate. Major recommendations are made for budgeting for library staff based on Weighted Standard Times, follow-up procedures to continually refine and update the standards, and monthly library activity reports. Concurrent observations are also made. Appendixes include lists of basic library functions, weighted standard times, format for activity reports, and a 36 item bibliography. (Author/JB)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.
Identifiers: State University of New York