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  1. page Survey of Learning and Use of Integrated Library Systems edited (Lyndsey - you can link your survey here - In today's public libraries, there is a disconnect bet…
    (Lyndsey - you can link your survey here -In today's public libraries, there is a disconnect between the integrated library system and addthe end-user, the librarian. Librarians frequently voice dislike of their systems, or parts of their systems, and even lay claim to the idea that these systems sometimes make their jobs harder rather than easier. Given all the information available to knowledge management personnel, I know there must be a way to fix this problem. First, however, the root of the problem must be identified. This survey seeks to find out whether the problem lay with the software itself, or with the training librarians are receiving on this software. Is it that the integrated library system as we know it has truly become more cumbersome than it is worth, or is it that end-users are no longer receiving the training necessary to get the most out of these systems? To help contribute to this study, please click the link below and answer the questions to the best of your introductory text).ability. They are entirely anonymous and you may skip anything that makes you uncomfortable. If you should happen to have any further questions about the survey, please feel free to e-mail me. Thank you very much for your time and your assistance!
    Lyndsey Williams
    Graduate Student
    Kent State University
    SLIS/IAKM
    lawilli5@kent.edu
    SURVEY LINK:
    Use of Integrated Library Systems

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  2. page Survey of Library Organizational Cultures edited ... assessments of libraries . libraries. A full ... and background reading . Previous read…
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    and background reading . Previousreading. {Library Culture and Cultural Assessment References.pdf} Previous assessments suggest
    Does this historical profile of the library culture hold in the 21st century? If so, will this culture allow libraries to continue as a core institution in the information sector? Will this cultural profile continue to attract younger professionals? Is this cultural profile attractive to information consumers in the 21st century? How does this cultural profile align with those of competitor organizations in the information sector?
    Why is a national assessment important at this time? Until the beginning of the 21st century, libraries had few competitors for access to and provision of information products and services in the information sector. The situation has changed drastically with the emergence of low cost, portable, disposable and easy access to information products and services provided by new competitors such as online retailers such as Amazon.com and eBay.com, popular franchised bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.
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  3. page Survey of Library Organizational Cultures edited ... This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, th…
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    This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
    Participation in the study typically takes less than 30 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).
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    (330) 672-2704.
    If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the experiment.
    I Agree No, Thank You
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  4. page Survey of Library Organizational Cultures edited Organizational culture plays a critical role in creating a working environment where employees are…
    Organizational culture plays a critical role in creating a working environment where employees are committed and contribute to the success of the organization (Schein, 1985; Schein, 1990). Organizational culture is broadly defined as the collective understanding, a shared and integrated set of perceptions, memories, values, attitudes and definitions that have been learned over time and which determine expectations of behavior that are taught to new members as part of their socialization into the organization. Organizations have distinct cultures (Sannwald, 2000). It is the organizational culture that gives identity, provides collective commitment, builds social system stability and allows people to make sense of the organization. Over the past fifty years, researchers have completed organizational culture assessments of libraries . A full bibliography is accessible here for your reference and background reading . Previous assessments suggest that library cultures are conservative, traditional and bureaucratically controlled. Libraries place high priorities on constructive interpersonal relationships. Conflicts are avoided in libraries and interpersonal relationships are pleasant at least on the surface. Library cultures may be slow to diversify, to integrate new perspectives, ethnic and social groups.
    Does this historical profile of the library culture hold in the 21st century? If so, will this culture allow libraries to continue as a core institution in the information sector? Will this cultural profile continue to attract younger professionals? Is this cultural profile attractive to information consumers in the 21st century? How does this cultural profile align with those of competitor organizations in the information sector?
    Why is a national assessment important at this time? Until the beginning of the 21st century, libraries had few competitors for access to and provision of information products and services in the information sector. The situation has changed drastically with the emergence of low cost, portable, disposable and easy access to information products and services provided by new competitors such as online retailers such as Amazon.com and eBay.com, popular franchised bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.
    Assessing organizational culture provides an opportunity to take stock of the future prospects and direction of an organization (Glock, 2008; Mobley, 2005; Schachter, 2005). By understanding the current culture, we can better understand the likely future trajectory of an organization. Preferred cultures can surface through discussions of cultural challenges, and by comparing that culture to the culture of competitor organizations. In the changing information environment, it is critical that libraries and librarians have a strong understanding of their organizational culture. Any significant change in organizations will touch organizational culture. Attempting change, without understanding culture carries high risks.
    There are several tools that can be used to assess organizational culture. Please refer to the bibliography for additional references. This research uses the CultureActive methodology and tool (http://www.crossculture.com/services/online-tools/) developed by Richard D. Lewis (2007). This tool has been made available to the research team through an academic license.
    We welcome and encourage participaton from all kinds of librares, from all regions of the country, and from those who work in any functional capacity of a lbrary. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.
    Consent Form
    This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
    Participation in the study typically takes less than 30 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).
    If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board, at (330) 672-2704.
    If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the experiment.

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  5. page Survey of Library Organizational Cultures edited The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge economy and society are underway. In the know…
    The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge economy and society are underway. In the knowledge economy, the knowledge of people and organizations – their intellectual capital assets – are the primary factor of production and the source of wealth. This is in contrast to other kinds of capital that fueled the industrial and the agricultural economies. Librarians have understood the shift to a knowledge economy and society as a shift to a digital environment where there is an expanded use of virtual channels to deliver resources. However, the nature of the knowledge society and economy is far more expansive than a digital environment. A knowledge society is one in which all members of a society engage in knowledge transactions – in the business environment, in the social sphere, in civic activities, and in everyday environmental actions.
    How do librarians currently view their role in the knowledge society? The library science literature is rich with discussions of the future of libraries in the information society, in the digital age and the knowledge society. However, the focus of much of the current literature is on advancing the technology competencies of librarians for a digital future. It does not address the potential role and value of librarians in a broad knowledge society.
    s Intellectual capital is knowledge that produces or creates value. It is an organization’s source of competitive advantage and it is an individual’s most valuable competitive asset. A short list of reference is available here for your background reading. {Reference List for Intellectual Captal Survey Respondents.pdf} An organization’s intellectual capital includes its employees' knowledge, brainpower, know-how, and processes, as well as their ability to continuously improve those processes. Intellectual capital is defined (Andriessen (2004b) (Amidon Formica and Mercier-Laurent, 2005) (Kostagiolas and Asonitis, 2009) to include (1) Human Capital – tacit knowledge and skills, and attitudes; (2) Structural Capital – culture, procedural knowledge and explicit knowledge; and (3) Relational Capital – communication, knowledge and social networks as well as overall reputation and brand. Examples of these kinds of intellectual capital assets are provided in the attached table. {Table of Intellectual Capital Examples.pdf} In order to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy, libraries must invest in, manage and grow their intellectual capital A library’s intellectual capital is an aggregation of the intellectual capital of all of its employees. Brief descriptions and examples of librarians’ and information scientists’ intellectual captal is provided here.
    We invite you to participate in a national survey to assess librarians’ and information professionals’ sense of their current intellectual capital assets. The survey design and methodology are constructed around Dr. Debra Amidon’s Intangible Capital Model. This model aligns with Andreissen’s and Amidon’s characterization of Intellectual Capital. We seek and encourage participaton from all kinds of librares, from all regions of the country, and from those who work in any functional capacity of a lbrary. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.
    Consent Form
    This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
    Participation in the study typically takes less than 20 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).
    If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board, at (330) 672-2704.
    If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the experiment.
    I Agree, Please Take Me To The Survey No Thank You

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  6. page Survey of the Intellectual Capital of Librarians and Information Scientists edited ... If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lo…
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    If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board, at (330) 672-2704.
    If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the experiment.
    I Agree No, Thank You
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  7. page Survey of the Intellectual Capital of Librarians and Information Scientists edited ... The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge economy and society are underway. In the …
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    The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge economy and society are underway. In the knowledge economy, the knowledge of people and organizations – their intellectual capital assets – are the primary factor of production and the source of wealth. This is in contrast to other kinds of capital that fueled the industrial and the agricultural economies. Librarians have understood the shift to a knowledge economy and society as a shift to a digital environment where there is an expanded use of virtual channels to deliver resources. However, the nature of the knowledge society and economy is far more expansive than a digital environment. A knowledge society is one in which all members of a society engage in knowledge transactions – in the business environment, in the social sphere, in civic activities, and in everyday environmental actions.
    How do librarians currently view their role in the knowledge society? The library science literature is rich with discussions of the future of libraries in the information society, in the digital age and the knowledge society. However, the focus of much of the current literature is on advancing the technology competencies of librarians for a digital future. It does not address the potential role and value of librarians in a broad knowledge society.
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    background reading. {Reference List for Intellectual Captal Survey Respondents.pdf} An organization’s
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    Consent Form
    This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
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