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Libraries at colleges and universities provide a challenging environment for the practice of human resource (HR) administration. The dynamics and structure of the academic library within the higher education community create complex environments for the library administrator attempting to navigate the myriad rules and regulations (state, federal, and institutional) that affect staff recruiting, hiring, processing, compensating, and related functions for library personnel. Depending upon the complexities of the HR function in any academic library, the organization may be best served by designating an HR expert as a member of the library’s administrative team. This article will review the HR function at the college and university level, then evaluate specific structures of the academic library within this broader organization. The intent is to help both library and campus HR administrators in understanding each other’s perspectives on HR issues and to evaluate the importance of an in-house HR expert to address the situations encountered in the day-to-day administration of the library.


This article was originally published Open Access in Library Administration & Management. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.


Library Administration & Management

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