Dissertation Information for Gleniece Malinda Armstrong Robinson
- Gleniece Malinda Armstrong Robinson
- Library and Information Science
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1982)
- Helen Lloyd Snoke
- Thomas Downen
- Raymond E. Durrance
- Edwin Leroy Miller
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN LARGE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE UNITED STATES
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which management development programs exist in large public libraries and to investigate the financial strategies for such training activities. The study also aimed to explore the planning process for instituting training programs and to obtain data regarding the level of importance. Finally, the study sought to determine which factors influence the establishment of management training programs and to identify the characteristics of those public libraries with such programs.
This investigation was accomplished by collecting data, via telephone interview, from forty-six public library directors. The data obtained from the instrument were compiled and analyzed using mean percentage scores, correlations and chi-square. An alpha level of .05 was used to determine the significance of differences between variables. Other measures used were: the principles from the classical organization theory, a list of activities common to a management development program, a list of approaches to training and a list of elements necessary for a management development program.
Major findings in regard to large public libraries were: (1) There is a statistically significant difference between the training approaches and the elements used when compared to the stated existence of a management development program; (2) Public libraries systematically do not include management training in the organization's financial plan; (3) Public libraries do not utilize a deliberate planning process for the development of managerial staffs; (4) The attitude toward management development is favorable; (5) The factor having the greatest influence upon the establishment of a management training program is the director's personal philosophy.
Important conclusions drawn were: (1) There is slow and uneven progress in the practices of large public libraries toward the development of managerial personnel; (2) Large public libraries plan for the development of managerial personnel in relation to a total staff development program; (3) The availability of staff training activities by the governmental unit may affect the establishment of management development programs in large public libraries.