ERIC Number: ED364253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-3
The Library as a Humanistic Workplace. A Report to the LAMA Board.
American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Library Administration and Management Association.
While it may seem redundant to be considering the library as a humanistic workplace, since most libraries are probably at the upper end of the quality of workplace life, there is always some room for improvement, making the topic worthy of exploration. The most important consideration in a humanistic workplace is how people are treated. There is a link between the way staff are treated and the quality of the product and services delivered. In this report to the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) by the LAMA Task Force on the Library as a Humanistic Workplace, the following five major characteristics of a humanistic workplace are discussed: (1) communication; (2) goal clarity; (3) decision making; (4) professional and personal development; and (5) rewards and recognition. These characteristics are expanded upon to indicate responsibilities of the organization, the manager, and the individual. Additional characteristics of the humanistic workplace, for which the system, the manager, and the individual share some responsibilities include a stimulating workplace in a safe and comfortable environment, characterized by trust and acceptance of diversity, with appropriate ways to handle change. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Library Administration and Management Association.