Talent Management for Academic Libraries
What does it take to attract, develop, and retain employees who can adapt, grow, and thrive in the fast-changing world of academic libraries?
In our latest issue brief, Deanna Marcum explores why libraries should consider a “talent management” approach as they seek to fill new positions and leverage the skills of their current staff. It’s a change that calls for a new mindset not only in the human resources department, but truly across the organization.
Interested? Download “Talent Management for Academic Libraries.”
Deanna, I was completely onboard with the general direction of your brief until you said "Instead of" in regard to the statement below: "Instead of having an expert command of reference resources, our librarians need to provide technical and professional support for data curation, geospatial research, digital humanities design, to name the immediate needs, and a capacity for keeping up with the latest technologies and research methods that are yet to come." I think we still need staff who have "an expert command of reference resources" but we also need staff with the skills you describe. By "reference resources" I mean in the broadest sense, not just what remains in the print reference collection, but how to locate and use the appropriate resources in all formats for the task at hand. If you had said "In addition," I think it would fit the needs of my primarily undergraduate teaching institution.
Dear Patricia, You are quite right, and I thank you for improving upon that sentence. We agree that we need to think of "reference resources" in the broadest sense to meet the needs of our diverse users. Thanks for making this better. Deanna