What Can We Learn From Performance Assessment? The System and Practice in an Academic Library

Title

What Can We Learn From Performance Assessment? The System and Practice in an Academic Library

Description

The purpose of this study is to promote a better understanding of performance assessment (PA) as a managerial means via analyses and discussion of the system and practice in an academic library.

One existing PA system of a university library is presented. Descriptive analyses of two specific system‐inherent problems, respectively: weighting scheme of the evaluated criteria and disqualification of the immediate supervisor as rater, are conducted. The purpose of PA is addressed with reference to PA and pay linkage. Circular supervision as an effective element to ultimately eliminate individual errors in an administration is discussed.

The PA system and practice of CL are flawed. First, the weighting scheme of the evaluated categories is so allocated that the least measurable category has the overriding power. Second, the most qualified evaluator (the direct supervisor) is deprived of the numeric rating vote. Third, the end ratings from the PA lead to unfair merit compensation decisions and salary inequity. Finally, the system lacks a circular supervision mechanism to eliminate undefeatable power in the administration.

With concrete examples and data, this study brings to light some serious problems that exist in a PA system. Via in‐depth analyses and discussion of specific issues, it touches upon circular supervision, a core element in a sound administration that needs to be adequately addressed.

Creator

Pan, Junlin
Guoqing, Li

Source

Library Management. [Bradford, West Yorkshire] MCB University Press, 27 (6/7, 2006)

Date

2006-07-01

Rights

This resource may be copyright-protected. You may make use of this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses only. Please contact Chinese American Librarians Association (http://www.cala-web.org) for permission to reproduce.

Format

text

Language

eng

Type

Journal Article

Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120610702440

Date Issued

2006

Extent

pages 460-469

Position: 2 (25 views)

Collection

Citation

Pan, Junlin and Guoqing, Li, “What Can We Learn From Performance Assessment? The System and Practice in an Academic Library,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed August 13, 2020, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/668.