Academic Library Management, Human Resources, and Staff Development Study of International Collaboration - Project Summary

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Academic Library Management, Human Resources, and Staff Development Study of International Collaboration - Project Summary
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Project Summary
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Smith, J Bonnie, University of Florida, Florida, USA
Junior S Browne, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
Alba Nogués Espasa, Project Assistant, Barcelona, Spain
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University of Florida

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Academic Library Management, Human Resources, and Staff Development Study of International Collaboration - Project Summary
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Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Bonnie Smith.

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PROJECT SUMMARY The Academic Lib rary Management, Human Resource s and Staff Development Study of International Collaboration is a n exploratory study to aggregate and analyze past efforts and interest in future international collaborative initiatives among library associations that serve academic and research libraries in t he areas of human resources staff development and library management. For this purpose, a n international survey of committees, di scussion groups, round tables sections, associations and other units within library associations focused on academic and research library management, human resource functions, and professional development was developed J USTIFICATION The ability to engage in nearly instantaneous communication, to exchange information and to build remotely accessible databases has changed the way research is conducted and library services delivered. International collaboration is becoming more and more ubiquitous among academic libraries and library associations, especially in the areas of preservation, special collections, and area studies. According to an in depth literature review however, cross fertilization in the areas of library management, human resources, and professional development is much less common. While legislation and practices vary greatly from country to country, collaboration and benchmarking practices across cultures may well encourage greater innovation and provide the opportunity to access a broader knowledge base and expertise to strategically manage and staff the increasingly complex academic library. B ENEFITS OF I NTERNATIONAL C OLLABORATION Expand ed perspectives by sharing best practices and learning from a broader and more divers e professional network Increased ability to support the teaching and research mission of the our universities Production of practical reports/studies on specific issues to help inform our policies and program development Ability to b enchmark activities ag ainst international counterparts with similar outlooks and expectations Advise senior leaders in our libraries about human resources staff development and management issues within the context of internationalizing our universities Great er innovation through partnerships outside of traditional boundaries P ROJECT T EAM Bonnie J Smith, Assistant Program Director for Human Resources, University of Florida Libraries, USA Junior S Browne, Faculty of Law Library, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados Alba Nogus Espasa, Project Assistant, Barcelona, Spain C ONTACT Bonnie J Smith bonniesmith@ufl.edu