Future Leaders' of North American Research Libraries Perceptions and Preferences Regarding Organizational Culture, 2008 (ICPSR 30101)

Published: Mar 22, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
Krisellen Maloney, University of Texas-San Antonio; Kristin Antleman, North Carolina State University; Kenning Arlitsch, University of Utah; John Butler, University of Minnesota


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This study was undertaken to better understand future library leaders' perceptions of the current and preferred organizational cultures, and to assess whether there was a relationship between these individuals' satisfaction with their organizational cultures and their perception of their own effectiveness. The survey covered three general topics: (1) the future and the role of libraries, (2) the current culture and management of libraries, and (3) the interviewee's current role and future goals. For the first topic, the future and the role of libraries, the participants were asked to provide their thoughts about future forms of information discovery, data consolidation, and shared curation services. Regarding the role of libraries, they were asked about libraries' effectiveness and response to change. For the second topic, the current culture and management of libraries, the interviewees were asked to answer questions about their current and their preferred organizational culture in a library, and to do the same for their current and their preferred management style. In addition, individuals were asked to what extent they felt their library's organizational structures and processes limited their impact or effectiveness. The third topic, the interviewee's current role and future goals, queried participants on what they perceived to be their future in library science, and asked about the details of their current employment. They were also asked about their age, their gender, and whether they had occupied any leadership positions or had received any accolades.

Maloney, Krisellen, Antleman, Kristin, Arlitsch, Kenning, and Butler, John. Future Leaders’ of North American Research Libraries Perceptions and Preferences Regarding Organizational Culture, 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-03-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30101.v1

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Purposive sample based on nominations.

For the purpose of this study, future library leaders were defined as individuals who were: (a) making strong contributions to their organization's vision and strategic planning; (b) demonstrating innovative practices; and (c) in the earlier stages of their careers. The purposive sample was developed by broadly soliciting nominations for subjects meeting these "future leaders" criteria from associate directors and associate university librarians across the United States. Additional subjects were identified from recent participants in competitive academic library leadership programs, such as those offered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Frye Institute. Two hundred and forty nominations were received, representing individuals at 93 academic libraries of all sizes (but with the majority coming from ARL libraries).


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web-based survey

72 percent

One portion of the survey was based on two dimensions of organizational culture, dominant characteristics and management style, of the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument by Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn.



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