Emerging Human Resource Trends in Academic Libraries

Rowman & Littlefield. Dec. 2020. 284p. ed. by ed. by Michael A. Crumpton & Nora J. Bird. ISBN 9781538134962. $90; pap. ISBN 9781538134979. $45. PRO MEDIA
Made up mostly of case studies from large academic libraries, this volume challenges librarians to rethink assumptions about human resources issues like inclusivity, employment, and leadership. Beginning with a section that examines the unique issues of human resources and job design in academic libraries, editors Crumpton (assistant dean, administrative svcs., Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Bird (library and information science, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro) look at new models of student engagement, the work of subject specialists, position descriptions, tenure, and recruitment of MLS and non-MLS degree-holders. The book’s contributors, who have experience in faculty administration or human resources at academic libraries, focus on creating a more diverse and equitable workforce, how educators have changed the way they prepare librarians for the field, and the skills needed to advocate for the library to external stakeholders. The book also explores professional development and mentoring practices for library staff.
VERDICT Small and medium-sized libraries will find some useful ideas here, but the bulk of the book is aimed at larger libraries where opportunities for promotion and job growth within the library are more plentiful. Worthwhile reading for directors in all academic libraries and for human resources managers in larger academic libraries.
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