QUALITY IN LIBRARY SERVICE: A Competency-Based Staff Training Program First North American Edition (Library Science Series)
A Complete Professional Development Package:
Training Manual With Slides, Role Plays, Forms, Quizzes:
This practical staff training program for libraries is rooted in two key concepts: 1) the quality management philosophy and techniques of famed "Total Quality" expert William Edwards Deming and 2) the constant need for library staff to keep up to date with changing customer needs, new technology, and new ways to save time and costs. The program has been field tested and used effectively in many Australian libraries, and now has been thoroughly adapted for North American venues in this special edition.
Its purpose is to achieve consistent, high-quality performance at all library information service points by.
Focusing staff on agreed service expectations and client satisfaction
Providing staff with the skills and support needed to achieve and maintain identified service
Identifying and addressing skills gaps
Extending the competencies of inexperienced and experienced staff
Emphasizing teamwork as an essential extension of individual competency
Integrating electronic with print resources and document delivery with inhouse resources
Obtaining staff input into policies and procedures
Encouraging lifelong learning in staff
The program involves self-paced reading; ?hands-on use of resources; ?review questions; activities; ?role-plays; ?evaluation of electronic resources; ?mock inquiries requiring the development of search strategies and the evaluation of resources; and ?small-group or individual discussion and debriefing.
Learning aids include downloadable and customizable electronic text, including trainee material, overhead/PowerPoint slides, and handouts.
Quality in Library Service is one of 12 library skills study aids published by TotalRecall Publications, Inc. Please see the back of this book for a complete listing, or visit www.totalrecallpress.com
Jennifer Burrell has served in a number of management positions during her 25 years in librarianship and is currently Manager of Library and Information Service for the City Council in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia.
Brad McGrath is a professional librarian who currently serves as Manager of Customer Service and Order Management for James Bennett, a major library book wholesaler in New South Wales, Australia.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The QILS Program
A Basic Client Service System
Unit 1: Identifying Client Needs
Unit 2: Search Strategy and Common Resources
Unit 3: Values, Policies and Procedures
Review of Units 1 - 3
Unit 4: Complex Searching
Unit 5: Assessment
Colleague Survey Form
Client Survey Form
Colleague and Client Feedback Simulations
Unit by Unit Assessment and Final Review