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Career plateauing among senior librarians.
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  • Tina M. Neville
  • Deborah B Henry, University of South Florida St Petersburg
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Tina Neville

Deborah B. Henry

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Using an online survey and semi-structured interviews, senior academic librarians were asked to reflect on the factors that keep them personally fulfilled and on how they remain motivated to make positive contributions to their organization. Motivations include esteem of colleagues and supervisors, variety in their work, salary, opportunities to learn new skills, increasing responsibility, and working with students and faculty. 59% percent of the survey respondents ranked their job satisfaction at 8 (on a scale of 1—10, with 10 the most satisfied). Using Bardwick’s definitions of plateauing, 60% of the 20 librarians interviewed did not feel that they were content-plateaued.


NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Journal of Library Administration. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Library Administration, 57(6). doi: 10.1080/01930826.2017.1337971

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Neville, T.M. & Henry, D.B. (2017). Career plateauing among senior librarians. Journal of Library Administration, 57(6). doi: 10.1080/01930826.2017.1337971