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Library automation: strategies for library human resource management

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Theja Kuruppu Arachchi ,

Graduate Student, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, LK
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WRG De Silva

Consultant Librarian, Bandaranayaka Centre for International studies, LK
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Abstract

This article examines the automation processes University libraries and the new managerial issues coming on in this technological era. A survey was used ascertain the library automation practices in University libraries and to determine important managerial functions for working with library staff. All the university libraries including faculty libraries were deemed as the study population. The results showed that library catalogue had been computerized in most of the University libraries (89.25%). Acquisition, circulation, serials controls, theses and dissertations processing, selective dissemination of information and interlibrary loans were identified as the processes that need improvements with new technology. The study further indicated that shared motivating vision, open communication, participative management, appropriate staffing and training were important strategies for working with library staff motivating them to provide efficient and effective service in the new technological environment.

Keywords: Library automation, library management, change management, human resource management, university libraries  

doi: 10.4038/jula.v11i0.325

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka (Vol. 11) 2007 p.98-110

How to Cite: Arachchi, T.K. & De Silva, W., (2007). Library automation: strategies for library human resource management. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 11, pp.98–110. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v11i0.325
Published on 10 Dec 2007.
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