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Performance appraisal in academic libraries

Performance appraisal in academic libraries

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The purpose of this research work was to identify the perception of library staff on the effect of performance appraisal on productivity and career growth in order to enhance the provision of information services through effective performance appraisals. Descriptive analytic approach was adopted for the study.
The purpose of this research work was to identify the perception of library staff on the effect of performance appraisal on productivity and career growth in order to enhance the provision of information services through effective performance appraisals. Descriptive analytic approach was adopted for the study.

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PERCEPTION OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL AS A TOOL FORENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT INTHREE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA
ONUOHA, U. D
BABCOCK UNIVERSITY,ILISHAN REMO- OGUN STATE
 
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this research work was to identify the perception of library staff onthe effect of performance appraisal on productivity and career growth in order toenhance the provision of information services through effective performanceappraisals. Descriptive analytic approach was adopted for the study. The studypopulation was made up of 92 library employees selected from Babcock University,Ilishan Remo; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago - Iwoye; and University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. 92 questionnaires were distributed to all the ProfessionalLibrarians, Para professionals and graduates in other fields. 78.2% (85) of thequestionnaires distributed were retrieved. Four research questions were tested andthe results were analyzed using the percentage method. The results revealed that 32(27.2%) saw performance appraisal as a routine exercise, 25 (21.25%) saw it as atool for improving performance, 16 (13.6%) perceived it as a tool for staff compensation while only 5(4.25%) saw it as a tool for favouring a few people on the job. Majority of the respondents felt that performance appraisal has positiveinfluence on job performance and enhances career growth. The study concluded byarguing that performance appraisal can only be meaningful if employees’ jobdescriptions are reviewed to include job performance. The paper finallyrecommends that Libraries should carry out internal appraisals apart from theappraisal conducted by the personnel department for the sole purpose of correctingdeviations and recommendations for improvement must accompany every identifiedarea of weakness.
 
INTRODUCTION
Libraries exist with the sole aim of organizing human and material resources to produceknowledge and services that support man in his attempt to control the universe(Ologbonsaiye, 1993). While information resources are valuable to the existence of anylibrary, their selection, acquisition, processing and organization will however remain ahuman function, which can only be carried out by the library staff. Library staff providesaccess to the information held in a libraries’ collection. The term “performance appraisal”applies to judgment on individual job performance. Individual job performance on theother hand is a multidimensional idea consisting of many facets; which range from anemployee’s output (job result) to employee mode of accomplishing his or her task (job behaviour), and the employee’s attitude towards his or her job (personal traits) (Wallace& Szilagyi,1982).While the concept of performance appraisal is not new, the study of employee perceptionof the concept is still going on. Mullins (1996) defines perception as “the mentalfunction of giving significance to stimuli”. The process of perception explains the manner in which information from the environment is selected and organised to provide meaningfor an individual. People see things in different ways bringing about different reactions tothe same issue. The way the library staff perceives performance appraisal affects theimportance that is attached to it.Olabisi Onabanjo University library can best be described as a “complex of libraries”. Itis made up of the main library at the mini campus and four branch libraries which includethe law library, faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Management Sciences libraries all atthe main campus. There is a Medical library situated at Sagamu and the Sopolu library at

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