Cooperative Reference Desk Scheduling and Its Effects on Professional Collegiality

TitleCooperative Reference Desk Scheduling and Its Effects on Professional Collegiality
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKing, V
JournalReference Librarian
AbstractSince 1995, reference staff at Oregon State University's Valley Library have engaged in process of cooperative reference desk scheduling. The system was originally adopted to allow staff to have more influence in tailoring desk hours to their individual work schedules, but the department discovered that it also encourages and reinforces a climate of cooperation and collegiality among the reference staff This paper describes the creation of the system and examines the reasoning behind it, the steps taken to implement it, and how it continues to evolve in an ever-changing library environment. Also examined is how this system has influenced other work done in the Reference and Instruction Department beyond the reference desk, and how it might be adapted and applied for use in other tasks in the future. {ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR} Copyright of Reference Librarian is the property of Haworth Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)