"EVALUATE US FOR WHAT WE DO DAILY!"
EVALUATING LIBRARY STAFF --- A PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEM
by Patricia Belcastro. American Library Association, 1998
INTRODUCTION --- Evaluating quality of performance (p1-4)
Continuous improvement has become a key phrase for all types of organizations.
The goal of "continuous improvement" is to ensure the highest quality possible.
 Background--staff's overwhelming cry:
Thus, the objective of this book --- "need being fulfilled" --- is to provide librarians and supervisors with
a performance evaluation method that measures staff work performance fairly and objectively
and links their daily performance to the mission objectives of the library system!
 The key is communicating expectations
 The purpose of the appraisal
 Focus is on the practical
 Use of the appraisal system
 The need for ACCOUNTABILITY for good library services is increasing.
A performance appraisal system based on "expectations" of quality service not only
provides that accountability to the library's clients, customers, or patrons, but also
reinforces the value of the service the library provides.
Most important, it is FAIR to the library employee being evaluated!
1) Expectations for quality service (p5-8)
 What is quality service?
 What are the values of the organization?
 Standards express the library's expectations?
 Behaviors must be measurable:
Whatever the standard of performance, it is based on BEHAVIORS that can be MEASURED not on ATTITUDES that may be interpreted SUBJECTIVELY.
2) Code of service (p8-10)
For example, the phrase "is friendly" is a subjective expression reflecting someone's
perception of an attitude. However, "speaks in a friendly manner" is an act or way of
conducting oneself. It is observable and can be documented by noting the reactions
which that particular manner evokes from the recipient.
Every employee, whatever his or her temperament, is capable of speaking in a friendly manner and can be fairly
evaluated according to his or her acts or behaviors.
3) From the code to the standards (p11-15)
4) Applying the standards (p16-18)
5) Standards of performance --- guidelines (p19-22)
7) Reviews of Performance (p26-31)
8) Documenting behavior (p32-36)
9) Specific job standards (p34-36)
10) Supervisory standards (p37-39)
11) The overall evaluation (p40-42)
 Introduction (p43-44)
 New Employee (p45-70)
 Long-term employee (p71-100)
 Supervisory employee (p101-132)
 Problem employee (p133-166)
 Code of service (p197-198)
 Standards of Performance guidelines (p199-216)
 Supervisory procedures (p217-220)
 Tabulation sheet (p247-250)
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