ERIC Number: ED241035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Administrative Review at the Iowa State University Library Technical Services Division: A Case Study.
A personnel appraisal tool was developed at the Iowa State University Library for professionals supervised by the Assistant Director for Technical Services and the Head of the Monographs Department, to evaluate both their supervisors' performance and the appraisal review as an educational tool to improve administrator performance. A Technical Services faculty committee chose the Annual Supervision Evaluation Form of the University of Texas at Austin, the General Libraries, with modifications to reflect Iowa State University Library concerns. The questionnaires provided a list of statements with a scale to indicate the degree to which the statement applied to the supervisor, and a narrative section soliciting typed comments. Administrative skills covered included planning and organizing work, use of time, fairness to supervisees, communication skills, cooperation, management abilities, leadership abilities, and thoroughness of implementing plans. Different statements were used for directly and indirectly supervised faculty, and the questionnaire was modified for the Monographs Department. Though the upward evaluation was perceived as beneficial in providing information to improve administrative style, both administrators characterized the questionnaire as impersonal and limited and suggested possible changes or additions. The few written comments received were found helpful. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Library.