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Dissertation Information for Roland Bernard Welmaker

NAME:
- Roland Bernard Welmaker

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Gwendolyn S. Cruzat

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Rose Mary Magrill
- Kenneth E. Vance
- Frank Burton Womer

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE RELATIONSHIPS OF PERCEIVED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND JOB SATISFACTION OF PUBLIC LIBRARIANS

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between the prevailing management systems of the various public libraries and the levels of job satisfaction of the public librarians. The population consisted of librarians within nine large public libraries of the Southeastern United States. A short form of Likert's "Profile of Organizational Characteristics" was used to determine the libraries' prevailing management systems, or styles. Job satisfaction was measured through the use of the "Job Descriptive Index" developed by Smith, Hulin, and Kendall. Possible relationships between personal characteristics and job satisfaction and perceptions of organizational management systems were also investigated.

Results of the study revealed the existence of a positive relationship between perceived management systems and levels of librarian job satisfaction. Public librarians in systems found to be more participative were significantly more satisfied than were librarians in settings perceived to be less participative. Librarians in higher level positions were more satisfied with their pay and work than were librarians in lower level positions. However, this relationship did not extend to satisfaction with co-workers, supervision, or promotions.

There was not an indication of a significant difference in the levels of job satisfaction based on age, sex, or education levels attained. Male librarians had perceived themselves as working in more participative settings than did female librarians, but the females tended to be more satisfied with their jobs. In a comparison of librarians with and without the first professional degree, the data indicated that degree holders, who were more satisfied with their pay, were generally less satisfied than were the non-degree holders. Non-degree holders usually perceived their settings to be more participative.

Tenure and experience tended to dichotomize librarians into the novice or the long term professional. Perceptions of management systems were significantly more participative in nature in the areas of leadership, motivation, and communication for the persons with more tenure. Persons with greater levels of experience perceived more participative management practices in the areas of decision-making, goal-setting, and control.

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