The importance of generational awareness for libraries

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This is a presentation I presented at Library conference last week detailing the age of Higher Academic Librarians in South Africa. …

This is a presentation I presented at Library conference last week detailing the age of Higher Academic Librarians in South Africa.

I also talked about how the different generations view work and work with their co-workers.

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  • 1. The importance of generational awareness for libraries
    Sophie van der Walt
    Search Librarian – Unisa
    Tanya du Plessis
    Postgraduate Supervisor - UJ
  • 2. Who Did I Talk To?
    • GAELIC Libraries:
    • 3. University of Johannesburg (UJ)
    • 4. University of South Africa (Unisa)
    • 5. North-West University (NWU)
    • 6. University of Pretoria (UP)
    • 7. University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
  • Purpose of today
    To shock you!
    • To illustrate how different ages of librarians prefer to work and work with one another
  • So what’s so shocking about librarians?
    There won’t be many left!
  • 8. Retirement forecast for SA Academic Libraries
    Imminent staff exodus
    Planning and training programmes for new middle and top management positions
    Succession planning
  • 9. So how do we work together?
    Group synergy or group conflict?
  • 10. Who are “we”?
    Cuspers
    Cuspers
  • Who are “we”?
  • 25. How do we work together?Traditionalists
  • 26. Baby Boomers
  • 27. Gen X
  • 28. How do we REALLY work together?
    The evidence
  • 29. Work values
    # 1
    The main reason for Generation X'ers staying with their current organisation is because they feel that they are doing meaningful work
    # 2
    Generation X’ers and Baby Boomers placed the greatest importance on a positive working environment
  • 30. Work values
    # 3
    Traditionalists ranked security and meaning or purpose as the work values they view as most important
    # 4
    • Baby Boomers and Generation X'ers viewed meaning or purpose as well as intellectual stimulation as most valued
  • Work values
    Surprise 1
    • all three generations disagreed that a person should build a lifetime career with one company
    Surprise 2
    more Traditionalists have changed careers than Baby Boomers or Generation X'ers
  • 31. Work-life balance
    # 1
    Traditionalists are the generation that are the most satisfied with the balance between work and family
    # 2
    Generations X'ers disagreed most that their family life kept them from getting work done on time. This shows that they seem to have achieved an agreeable work-life balance
  • 32. Work-life balance
    Surprise 1
    Baby Boomers agreed most that they’d prefer a work schedule that allows them to spend time with their family, rather than doing challenging work or earning a high salary
  • 33. Rewards
    #1
    Baby Boomers and Generation X'ers were the generations to place more value on cash bonuses and paid training courses or skills development than the Traditionalists
  • 34. Rewards
    Surprise 1
    Baby Boomers was the generation to place greater emphasis on paid training courses or skills development NOT cash
    Surprise 2
    Generation X'ers placed greater significance on cash bonuses NOT skills development
  • 35. Retirement
    # 1
    There will not be enough Generation X'ers and Generation Y'ers to pay for Baby Boomers' and Traditionalists' pension
    # 2
    Baby Boomers and Traditionalists would prefer to delay their retirement through working shorter weeks or from home
  • 36. Co-worker relationships
    # 1
    Traditionalists focus more than any other generation on obtaining agreement and the inclusion of all parties in a team
    #2
    Traditionalists are the generation with the least preference to be the leader of a team
  • 37. Co-worker relationships
    Surprise 1
    Generation X'ers, more than the other generation, prefer to work in a group or team
    Surprise 2
    Generation X'ers, not Baby Boomers, show the highest preference to be the leader in a team
  • 38. Why should we care?
    Remember this?