Elliot Jacques is credited with defining culture as “the customary and traditional way of thinking and of doing things, which is shared to a greater or lesser degree by all its members, and which new members must learn, and at least partially accept, in order to be accepted into service...” Understanding a deeply internalized organization’s culture can be a struggle for all, especially if culture is stunting the growth of an organization. Being able to articulate the culture of a library becomes a priority as libraries face the challenge of retaining employees from diverse backgrounds and as new time-sensitive initiatives take precedence over things we've always done but no longer can explain why.
This presentation will discuss Edgar Schein’s Levels of Culture and utilize Schein’s model as a consciousness-raising tool to engage in identifying relevant examples of the levels of culture from library settings through small group discussions. The audience will have the opportunity to engage with the issues that culture perpetuates within an organization and consider which socialization techniques to use with new hires as well as for organizational growth. Finally, this presentation will look at the tools available to leaders to manage cultural change within their organization.
ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.