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Dissertation Information for Beverly Pfeifer Lynch

NAME:
- Beverly Pfeifer Lynch
- (Alias) Beverly Lynch

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA) (1972)

ADVISORS:
- William Landram Williamson

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- [Indecipherable1]
- Jack A. Clarke
- James Krikelas
- Alan Case Filley

MPACT Status: Complete - Except Indecipherables

Title: LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY; A COMPARISON OF THE WORK OF FUNCTIONAL DEPARTMENTS IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES

Abstract: This study seeks to develop measures of the technology of library departments that will permit the work of a given department to be compared with that of another. Although experienced librarians have assessed the degree of routineness of work in different departments, their judgments have been impressionistic, not based upon the systematic collection and analysis of data. Another type of technological study, called task analysis, considers the work of individuals rather than whole departments, usually with the purpose of determining which tasks, assumed to be routine, can be assigned to a clerical employee and which tasks, assumed to be discretionary, must be performed by a professional librarian. This investigation makes no assumptions about the nature of library tasks. It studies the characteristics of library work and develops a measure that, though administered to individuals, permits the aggregation of individual scores in order to produce a single departmental score that can be compared to other departmental scores. The development of this departmental measure provides an instrument that can be used in further investigations of organizational arrangements. It may be possible, for example, to ascertain whether technologically equal departments differ in productivity depending upon whether they are organized in hierarchical fashion or in collegiate relationships. Still other studies might investigate differences in morale, efficiency, or other outcomes. Chapter I discusses the theoretical framework of the study and confronts the issues of measurement validity and reliability. The second chapter presents the research methodology. The third chapter identifies the dimensions of work delivered from the data and scales used to measure and compare the work of the departments. Chapter IV reports the results of the measurements. The final chapter summarizes the study and its conclusions and discusses the implications of the findings for libraries and for further investigations.

MPACT Scores for Beverly Pfeifer Lynch

A = 3
C = 6
A+C = 9
T = 3
G = 1
W = 3
TD = 3
TA = 0
calculated 2012-07-28 15:03:24

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Students under Beverly Pfeifer Lynch

ADVISEES:
- Rachel Delgadillo - University of California, Los Angeles (2004)
- Jennifer Karb Sweeny - University of California, Los Angeles (2006)
- Jennifer Karb Sweeney - University of California, Los Angeles (2006)

COMMITTEESHIPS:
- Susan Neuman - University of Pittsburgh (1986)
- Martha Yee - University of California, Los Angeles (1993)
- Roberto Carlos Delgadillo - University of California, Los Angeles (2004)
- Takuya Nakazato - Indiana University (2005)
- Sharon E. Farb - University of California, Los Angeles (2006)
- Kimberly Doris Anderson - University of California, Los Angeles (2011)