Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teams in Library Technical Services

Bazirjian, Rosann and Mugridge, Rebecca, eds. Teams in Library Technical Services. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2006. 025.02 Teams ISBN 978-0-8108-5294-5

Team management entered libraries in the mid-1980s in the wake of shrinking budgets, rising costs, and changing technology, among other factors. Here, editors Bazirjian and Mugridge present research and case studies indicating why and how teams apply to technical services, especially in academic libraries. Additionally, the book examines the relationships between professional and support staff and the changing roles of librarians today, including the impact of technology, and the ever-present issues surrounding performance evaluations, hiring, workloads and work flow, and reward and recognition. Sections cover "Theoretical/Historical Perspectives on Teams," "Effectiveness of the Team Structure," "Reevaluation of the Team Structure," and "Special Purpose Teams." Chapter contributors come from various sizes of academic libraries. Written for managers and administrators, this useful title emphasizes the need for an ongoing review of the organization's structure and its effectiveness in improving the performance of technical service units.