Job rotation in Nigerian university libraries

Job rotation in Nigerian university libraries Purpose – To understand the impact of job rotation on Nigerian university libraries and in libraries in general. Design/methodology/approach – L A survey of opinion in Nigerian university libraries. Professional librarians from seven university libraries were used as subjects for the study. Findings That most of the respondents have spent an appreciable period of time working in the libraries; a majority of the respondents have been rotated; most of the respondents see job rotation as opportunity to learn new skills followed by those who see it as opportunity to be acquainted with other operations/services of the library; most of the respondents adjust to the new post by studying handover notes/files of new departments but a majority of them are of the view that job rotation is not regular enough in their libraries. Research limitations/implications – The focus of the paper is practical rather than research‐oriented. Practical implications – Suggestions are made on how job rotation could be improved upon in libraries. Originality/value – There are few empirical studies of job rotation in the literature – this paper increases understanding of a little studied topic. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

Job rotation in Nigerian university libraries

Library Review, Volume 55 (1): 9 – Jan 1, 2006

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/00242530610641808
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Abstract

Purpose – To understand the impact of job rotation on Nigerian university libraries and in libraries in general. Design/methodology/approach – L A survey of opinion in Nigerian university libraries. Professional librarians from seven university libraries were used as subjects for the study. Findings That most of the respondents have spent an appreciable period of time working in the libraries; a majority of the respondents have been rotated; most of the respondents see job rotation as opportunity to learn new skills followed by those who see it as opportunity to be acquainted with other operations/services of the library; most of the respondents adjust to the new post by studying handover notes/files of new departments but a majority of them are of the view that job rotation is not regular enough in their libraries. Research limitations/implications – The focus of the paper is practical rather than research‐oriented. Practical implications – Suggestions are made on how job rotation could be improved upon in libraries. Originality/value – There are few empirical studies of job rotation in the literature – this paper increases understanding of a little studied topic.

Journal

Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: Academic libraries; Multiskilling; Nigeria

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