Volume 32 Nº 4, December 2001
|Australian Academic & Research Libraries
Themes and sub-themes in managers' work
ABSTRACT: An academic library manager's job is characterised by the expression of various aspects of at least four core themes and other themes. The'other' themes include some which would be considered major themes in various contexts. The four core themes identified through this study are:
- Relationships management,
- Information management,
- Physical infrastructure and materials management, and
- Structure of work management.
The precise manifestation of these themes varies from situation to situation. It is suggested that the four core themes are interactive, often simultaneously occurring, components of any library manager's job. The four core themes are designated as manageal because in the broadest sense they appear to be characteristic of the managers' jobs generally. In other words, the expression of the four core themes is not confined to managerial jobs which are located at or near the apex of organisational structures. Taken together with personal themes (including cognitive and psychological work), this framework has potentially wide-ranging implications.