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Dissertation Information for Soyeon Lee

- Soyeon Lee

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- University of Texas, Austin (USA) (2000)

- Brooke E. Sheldon

- Irene Owens
- Sanda Erdelez
- Ruth Ann Palmquist
- Donald G. Phelps

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Organizational culture of an academic library

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the culture of an academic library, fictitiously titled the New Millennium Library (NML). Organizational culture is here understood as a holistic construct, which encompasses the organization's environmental and human factors. In order to capture the holistic view, the study employed various research methods: pilot interviews with academic library workers, field observation at the NML, a value survey conducted among NML workers and structured interviews with selected volunteers from the pool of survey respondents.

Information gathered on the NML's culture is presented in a chart consisting of five cultural dimensions and three organizational layers: the occupation, the academic institution, and the individual organization. Schein's five dimensional cultural framework was modified to fulfill the purpose of the present study. The five dimensions are: the relationship of the library to its environment (organizational identity and image); the nature of reality and truth (decision-making); the nature of human nature (performance criteria and evaluation); the nature of human activity (staff development and career choice); and the nature of human relationships (work relationship across ranks, departments, and other internal groups). The culture is described in the context of an occupational culture that library workers bring to the workplace as well as an institutional culture from which the parent institution defines the environment of the library. Cultural elements that invoke a sense of uniqueness in the library are also discussed. The study is expected to inform organizational culture research through a utilization of mixed methodology and contribute to library culture research in its discussion of the values embedded in the occupation.

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